For Immediate Release September 24th, 2020
Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Receives Donation to Support Student Mental Health
Figure 1: Pictured (L-R) Les Nichols, CLC Member, Vivian Kennedy, CLC Project Coordinator, Cherie Leslie, NWMO Senior Engagement Advisor, and Jackie Ralph, CMHA Grey Bruce Youth Awareness Coordinator at the cheque presentation in Teeswater.
Representatives from the South Bruce Community Liaison Committee (CLC), the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), and the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce – Mental Health and Addiction Services (CMHA Grey Bruce) met for a formal cheque presentation in Teeswater on Thursday morning.
At the September meeting of the CLC, the members passed a motion to provide funding to the CMHA Grey Bruce in order to support awareness services in South Bruce schools and for the stakeholders of those school communities.
The mission of the CMHA Grey Bruce is to provide programs and services that support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental disorders, and to
enhance, maintain and promote the mental and emotional health of all individuals in the two counties.
New data shows since the pandemic began, 73% of individuals are feeling more negative and over half of individuals asked report feeling isolated, lonely and anxious. CMHA Grey Bruce shared that children are not immune to these numbers and also feel the impact when their family members are struggling.
“The Committee members recognized the valuable work that the CMHA Grey Bruce does in our community and broader region, as stated in their mission. At a time when more people are experiencing mental health issues, the decision to provide this funding was easy” said CLC Member Les Nichols.
“The pandemic has posed unprecedented uncertainty and change around the world. We’re happy to support CMHA Grey Bruce and bring enhanced services to students in the Municipality of South Bruce,” said Cherie Leslie, NWMO Senior Engagement Advisor.
“This funding will help us achieve our goal of increasing capacity within our youth awareness programs for 2020-2021. By increasing staff capacity, we can use new and innovative ways to reach out to the children and youth in our communities but also to increase mental health literacy, intervention skills, training and resource knowledge to their caregivers. We are thankful for the support of the CLC and our shared goal of proactively supporting the safety and wellbeing of our community as a whole,” said Jackie Ralph, CMHA Grey Bruce Youth Awareness Coordinator.
The donation in the amount of $4,800 came from the Early Investments in Education and Skills (EIES) fund. This NWMO program exists for capacity building purposes in communities that have ongoing participation in the Adaptive Phased Management (APM) project. It provides investments in education as well as training for youth and the community.
The EIES funding provided to the CMHA Grey Bruce will assist them in being able to provide a full year of speaking engagements, resources and presentations to any of the six schools in South Bruce that wish to participate.