JOHN’S, NL, January 20, 2021 – Canadian Mental Health Association Newfoundland and Labrador Division (CMHA-NL) is pleased to receive a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund in support of the Association’s Mental Health First Aid for Seniors program.
CMHA-NL will facilitate Mental Health First Aid for Seniors for 105 participants in St. John’s, Clarenville and Grand Falls-Windsor. The 14-hour course will train participants to effectively respond to mental health issues or crises until the situation is resolved or appropriate treatment is found. Participants will include formal caregivers and those who work with seniors, as well as informal caregivers, including family members, friends and neighbours.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the likelihood of experiencing a mental health issue or illness in a given year increases as of age 69, and currently men aged 80 and older have the highest suicide rates in Canada.
“This incredible support from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will allow CMHA-NL to promote mental health for seniors and educate over 100 people on the treatment of mental illness and prevention of suicide wherever possible with seniors,” said CMHA-NL Acting CEO Paul Fifield. “Bell Let’s Talk has not only recognized the needs of the community, but has removed barriers to receiving funding so organizations like ours can get the right services to the people who need them quickly.”
Extending mental health training for caregivers will allow participants to provide first aid, guidance, strategies, resources and support for the seniors they care for.
“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to help the Canadian Mental Health Association Newfoundland and Labrador Division support seniors by providing Mental Health First Aid for Seniors to caregivers,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports a diverse range of grassroots mental health organizations throughout the country that are taking action to improve access to mental health care with evidence-based programs that meet the needs of their communities.”
Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day!
On January 28, Canadians everywhere will join in the mental health conversation, along with a growing number of participants around the globe. You can use a wide range of communications platforms to join in on Bell Let’s Talk Day – and directly drive Bell’s donations to Canadian mental health programs at no extra cost to you.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. All at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.
About Bell Let’s Talk
Bell Let’s Talk promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives throughout the country. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
About Canadian Mental Health Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Division
Canadian Mental Health Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Division (CMHA-NL) is a provincial division of the nation-wide leader for mental health. Our mission is to facilitate access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness. For more information, please visit www.cmhanl.ca. Find us across social media at /CMHANL.
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