Investment Supports Mental Health and Addictions Projects
The government is providing a one-time investment of $3 million to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to support mental health and addictions projects across the province.
Eligible organizations that provide mental health and addictions services will be able to apply for grants through the foundation. The application process is expected to be ready this summer.
“The pandemic has been an especially challenging time for those with mental illness and addictions, particularly for groups who were already facing barriers to accessing support,” said Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health. “With the support of the Mental Health Foundation, this funding will help make a positive impact on the health and well-being of Nova Scotians.”
Priority will be given to organizations that serve Indigenous communities, members of 2SLGBTIQ+ communities, African Nova Scotians, newcomers and people with disabilities.
Organizations that help Nova Scotians who face insecure housing, poverty, violence, trauma and social isolation are also eligible to apply for grants.
The need for this funding has never been greater. Nova Scotians who are struggling with their mental wellness, mental illness and addiction need to know there is help and there is hope. These funds will allow the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to expand its ability to make a difference by supporting mental health and addiction initiatives. By increasing the number of community grants we fund, we are empowering organizations from one end of our province to the other. I am confident this support from the Office of Addictions and Mental Health will not only positively change lives, but also save them.
Starr Cunningham, President and CEO, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
- in December 2020, the government provided $1.625 million to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to be distributed to community organizations to deliver mental health and addiction supports and services throughout the province
- 106 mental health and addictions programs through 78 different organizations were funded
- grant funding will be administered through an agreement between the Province and the Mental Heath Foundation of Nova Scotia
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia: https://www.mentalhealthns.ca/
Province of Nova Scotia mental health and addictions programs and services: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/
Nova Scotia Health Authority mental health and addictions services: https://mha.nshealth.ca/en
IWK Health Centre mental health and addictions services: http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/mental-health