The Nova Scotia provincial government is providing $3 million in grants to the province’s mental health and addictions programs.
Due to begin this summer, organizations will be able to apply through the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation.
Priority for grants will be given to groups that serve Indigenous communities, LGBTQ2 communities, African Nova Scotians, people with disabilities and newcomers, the province said.
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Additionally, organizations that work with residents facing insecure housing, poverty, violence, and trauma are eligible.
“The pandemic has been a particularly difficult time for people with mental illness and addiction, especially for groups who were already facing barriers to accessing support,” said Brian Comer, minister responsible for the Addictions Office. and mental health.
Comer said in the release that this funding “will help have a positive impact on the health and well-being of Nova Scotians.”
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This is the province’s second mental health funding announcement this week.
Nova Scotia announced Tuesday that it is providing $2 million in funding to a growing Mi’kmaw health and wellness organization to support the development of a Mi’kmaq health strategy. mental health and addictions.
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The province said the money will go to Tajikeimɨk, a developing organization comprising a collaboration of 13 Mi’kmaw nations, which will be responsible for designing and delivering health and wellness services.
Last week, he announced a new mental health hospital that will provide day treatment to Halifax-area residents, with an initial capacity of 10 patients a day. When it opens in April, it will be the province’s first acute mental health day hospital.
Previously, the government provided the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia with funding for similar grants.
As of December 2020, the foundation has funded 106 mental health and addictions programs through 78 organizations after a $1.625 million investment from the province.
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Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President and CEO Starr Cunningham says the need for funding has never been greater.
“Nova Scotians struggling with mental well-being, mental illness and addiction need to know that there is help and there is hope,” Cunningham said in the statement.
“By increasing the number of community grants we fund, we are strengthening organizations across our province. I am confident that this support from the Office of Addiction and Mental Health will not only positively change lives, but save them as well.
— with files by Alex Cooke.
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