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Mental health association receives $25K boost from Let’s Talk fund

Funding will be used to train mental health workers for Sudbury and Manitoulin districts
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Patty MacDonald, CEO of CMHA-S/M, at left, and Stephanie Lefebvre, Director, Programs and Planning were pleased to accept the $25,000 donation from Bell Canada.

The Canadian Mental Health Association - Sudbury/Manitoulin has received a $25,000 boost from the Bell Canada's Let's Talk Community Fund. 

CMHA said the grant will be applied to training for mental health educators in three specialized programs: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and safeTALK.

The donation was made with a recent cheque presentation event hosted by the Sudbury Wolves. With this grant, six additional educators will be able to expand the services to provide mental health and addictions education to nearly 690 community members in the Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, said a CMHA news release.

“The pandemic has identified several challenges for a number of adults and youth in our community,” said Patty MacDonald, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association - Sudbury/Manitoulin. “People are struggling with increased stress and anxiety, which means suicide prevention and mental health first aid training skills are in high demand.”

Bell's community fund program has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations across Canada, providing mental health supports and services to local community service providers, hospitals, universities and other care and research organizations. The 12th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day will be on Jan. 26.