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CMHA: Sui­cide Be­reave­ment Coun­selling Sub­sidy pro­gram avail­able

- Cour­tesy CMHA Learn more at https:// men­tal­well­ness­mat­ters.ca/ blog-news/sui­cide-be­reave­ment-coun­selling-sub­sidypro­gram. In­di­vid­u­als look­ing for sup­port can reg­is­ter di­rectly from the page. Health · Society · Canadian Mental Health Association · Alberta · Chilean Ministry of Health · Southeast Region

The Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion of Al­berta South­east Re­gion (CMHA ASER) an­nounced to­day that a pro­gram has been im­ple­mented for the South­east re­gion of the Prov­ince of Al­berta that pro­vides sup­port for fam­ily mem­bers and friends who suf­fered a loss due to a death by sui­cide. The fund­ing for this pro­gram was pro­vided through the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta Min­istry of Health, Co­or­di­nated Com­mu­nity Re­sponse to Sui­cide Pro­gram.

CMHA ASER un­der­stands that ask­ing for help can some­times be dif­fi­cult. Of­ten, in­di­vid­u­als do not seek help through coun­selling due to the fi­nan­cial strain it can place on an in­di­vid­ual or fam­ily. CMHA ASER wants to help re­move this bar­rier so that fam­ily and friends who need the sup­port can ac­cess it with­out the fi­nan­cial con­cern.

The Sui­cide Be­reave­ment Coun­selling Sub­sidy Pro­gram al­lows in­di­vid­u­als of any age need­ing sup­port to ac­cess up to six ses­sions to meet with a coun­selling pro­fes­sional. CMHA ASER is cur­rently work­ing with the re­gion’s coun­selling pro­fes­sion­als to com­pile a list of pro­fes­sion­als/agen­cies cur­rently ac­cept­ing new pa­tients. Those pa­tients who have al­ready en­gaged ser­vices are able to con­tinue work­ing with their cur­rent ser­vice and those us­ing ex­tended ben­e­fits will be al­lowed to ac­cess the sub­sidy once their ben­e­fits have been de­pleted. Coun­selling ser­vices will be asked to di­rect bill CMHA ASER.

“We know the im­pact to our com­mu­nity over the last year has been sig­nif­i­cant. Our goal with this grant is to help pro­vide hope to those left be­hind af­ter a death by sui­cide.” says San­dra Milne, newly ap­pointed Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of CMHA ASER. “It is im­por­tant for this fund­ing to help fam­ily mem­bers and friends through their grief and to un­der­stand they are not alone in this jour­ney. We are here to help through ed­u­ca­tion, sup­port and re­fer­rals.”

CMHA ASER will back­date any pro­fes­sional coun­selling ser­vices to the date the con­tract was signed. Any el­i­gi­ble par­tic­i­pant who paid for sup­port from Oct. 21, 2020 to the cur­rent date will be re­im­bursed based on a paid re­ceipt. Please con­tact aser@cmha-aser.ca to get de­tails on how to re­ceive a re­im­burse­ment.

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