Lo­cal groups re­ceive Eastern Health fund­ing

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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.”

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