Two Prince George societies will be able to provide more mental health and addictions services thanks to community counselling grants.
Judy Darcy, B.C.'s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, announced yesterday (Nov. 4) 29 community organizations across the province have been given funding to help with numerous related services.
“For far too long, counselling was out of reach for many British Columbians,” Darcy said in a news release.
“Today, we are saying loud and clear that the ability to get help should not depend on the size of your bank account or where you live in the province. This new, multi-year funding is a significant step toward a system of care that helps British Columbians get help when and where they need it.”
Successful grant recipients can be awarded up to $120,000 in annual funding which will then be distributed over three years.
The funds are to be used to:
- Increase access to community-based counselling for improved mental health and substance use outcomes
- Increase the quality of community-based counselling through the provision of necessary infrastructure to support non-profit, grassroots and/or volunteer-run programs
Applications that were focused mainly on reaching individuals or families that are not likely to engage in mainstream services or who would not typically have access to counselling opportunities were prioritized.
The full list of communities are:
- Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC
- Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Society
- Carrier Sekani Family Services
- Central Interior Native Health Society
- Cha Chim Hii Yup Tiic Mis Ahousaht Health Centre
- Circle of Indigenous Nations Society
- DIVERSECity Community Resources Society
- Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society
- Fraser House Society
- Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society
- Independent Living Vernon Society
- Isthar Women’s Resource Society
- Jewish Family Services
- Kamloops Family Resources Society (Family Tree Family Centre)
- Kinghaven Peardonville House Society
- Lillooet Friendship Centre Society
- Métis Community Services Society of BC
- Moving Forward Family Services Society
- Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia
- PACE Society
- Peers Victoria Resources Society
- Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre
- RainCity Housing and Support Society
- Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services Society
- Turning Point Recovery Society
- Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture
- Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR)
- Watari Counselling and Support Services
- Yale First Nation
“There is remarkable healing work taking place within the community-based mental health and substance use sector. We’ve heard countless stories about the need for greater access to high-quality, culturally appropriate counselling services," Melinda Markey, Secretariat Director of Community Action Initiative said in the release.
"These grants offer a much-needed boost to programs that build community mental health and wellness by offering accessible entry points to services that foster trust, diversity and inclusion.”