HandsTheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca and the Canadian Mental Health Association, North Bay and District are offering Battalion fans a chance to go to the Troops’ Jan. 19 game.
They each received $20,000 Let’s Talk Community Fund grants for mental health projects and are celebrating at the Battalion game against Hamilton. Full contest details will be posted on the Hands’ Facebook page and @CMHANBD (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
With the funding, Hands says it will go towards helping youth in crisis and police officers by expanding a rapid response team connecting youth to mental health services, building on the success of a pilot project launched in 2021.
“This grant helps us meet the incredible demand we are seeing for mental health supports across our communities,” says Andrea Roberts, Hands CEO. “Having trained clinicians available and part of the rapid response team is key to ensuring children and youth are getting the help they need when they need it.”
Canadian Mental Health Association, North Bay and District says the funding will help deliver 10 in-person mental health promotion courses, reaching 150 adults.
“We know the pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health,” says Mary Davis, CEO of CMHA North Bay and District. “Nearly half of Canadians say they are stressed or worried about coping with uncertainty. And more than a third report that their mental health has declined. This project will help people in our community gain new tools and learn new ways to deal with life’s challenges.“