Local groups receive Eastern Health funding
Three projects in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region have been earmarked for funding through Eastern Health’s community addictions prevention and mental health promotion fund.
Groups in Spaniard’s Bay, Bay Roberts and Placentia were selected because their projects aim to provide prevention and harm reduction strategies to help reduce problematic substance and gambling use, as well as promote mental health and challenge stigma.
The fund was first introduced in 2009 and has been allocated over $216,000 from the department of health and community services.
“This fund provides Eastern Health with an opportunity to build new partnerships with groups that share our passion when it comes to creating better health outcomes for the communities and the people we serve,” said Beverley Clarke, vicepresident responsible for mental health and addictions.
Eastern Health has distributed a total of $51,050 towards 13 projects across the province, with the maximum amount received being $5,000.
In Spaniard’s Bay, Holy Moly is being put off by the All Saints Sunday School and was awarded $5,000.
This will be used to develop and implement weekly community wide experimental learning sessions for children between the ages of four and 13. Sessions will focus on participation in leisurely activity, as well as education on bullying, inclusion and the importance of community involvement.
At Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, the Ascension Students for Substance Abuse Prevention was awarded $5,000.
This is focused on educating stu- dents on positive mental health and decreasing the harms related to substance abuse. The project wil l include developing murals, song and essay competitions, along with education sessions.
The final project to receive funding in the region is Teen Matters, put off by the Placentia Community Youth Network.
This group was awarded $2,800 to provide a series of education workshops and unique leisure activities for Grade 7 to Level III students at Laval High in Placentia. These sessions will focus on increasing participant knowledge on positive mental health, decision-making, substance abuse and lifestyle development.
“The interest shown by our recipients and applicants in mental health promotion and addictions prevention proves that it is an important issue to our communities,” said Kim Baldwin, regional director of mental health and addictions at Eastern Health. “We are committed to working with our communities and partners to continue addressing this important issue.”