Government of Canada invests $12.2 million in mental health promotion

Government of Canada invests $12.2 million in mental health promotion

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 6, 2022

WINNIPEG, MB, May 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Many Canadians struggle with mental health issues, but some people Canada face disproportionate mental health challenges due to racism, discrimination, socio-economic status or social exclusion. The government of Canada remains committed to promoting positive mental health for all, recognizing how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the mental health and addictions of many people in Canada.

Today, during Mental Health Week, the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced an investment of $12.2 million for 10 projects across Canada promote mental health and well-being in our communities.

Funding is provided by the Government of from Canada Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). The MHP-IF supports community mental health promotion programs to increase health equity and address the underlying determinants of health. It also supports the development and implementation of culturally-focused mental health programs for the mental health of refugees and new Canadians, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, 2SLGBTQI+, and youth and families.

Promoting mental health leads to individual and population health benefits, including better physical health, faster recovery from illness, healthier behaviors, higher levels of education and employment combined to a reduction in health inequalities.

Estimate

“The last two years have been particularly difficult for all of us. The Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund supports community-based solutions to promote mental health and address the root causes of poor mental health and mental illness, particularly among Indigenous youth. continue to support projects with a holistic approach to healing by supporting individuals, families and communities. »

The Honorable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

“In these very difficult times (war, COVID, etc.), we are honored to support refugee and newcomer children, young people and their parents. PHAC funding provides the necessary mental health tools and support to improve their chances of integration. in Canadian society.

Margaret von Lau
CEO, Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (NEEDS) Inc.

Fast facts

  • One in three Canadians will be affected by a mental illness in their lifetime.

  • Community-based mental health promotion projects have the potential to improve health outcomes across the lifespan.

  • Promoting mental health has several health benefits for individuals and the population, including better physical health, faster recovery from illness, healthier behaviors, better educational attainment, and increased employability combined with reduction of health inequalities.

  • The funding announced today was distributed through the Public Health Agency of from Canada Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). More information about the projects can be found here.

  • Through the MHP-IF, the Government of Canada invests $46.3 million from 2019 to 2029 to promote mental health among children, young people and their caregivers.

  • The government of Canada is committed to supporting people in Canada with their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. If you or a loved one are having difficulty, you can access the Wellness Together Canada portal, or call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to 741741 (adults) or 686868 (youth). The Wellness Together Canada portal offers free access to educational content, self-guided therapy, moderate peer-to-peer support, and one-on-one counseling with trained healthcare professionals.

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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

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