CANADA POST

CANADA POST

October 07, 2009 11:00 ET

Another Step for the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health-Giant Cheques for Laing House, Metro Non-Profit Housing Association and Self-Help Connection

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2009) - Laing House, Metro Non-Profit Housing Association and Self-Help Connection are pleased to announce that they have been chosen from among 200 applicants to receive a grant from the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. The grant will be used to provide a peer support network for youth living with mental illness, to address housing needs of individuals who experience repeated instances of homelessness, eviction and housing instability, and to provide self-help groups for people living with mental health issues.

"We are thrilled to be a recipient of this grant, not only because we have the honour of receiving one of the first cheques of this new Foundation, but also because funding for services to individuals is so needed and very difficult to resource," said Linda Bayers, Executive Director of Self-Help Connection. "With our Partners in Recovery Program, consumers will have a new support system within the community, develop leadership and facilitation skills, and have a self-management tool to help with their illness."

"We have been addressing housing needs of individuals for years, and with the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health money, we will ensure that we can continue to offer counselling and support services," explains Executive Director Carol Charlebois from Metro Non-Profit Housing Association. Services provided from the program also include a harm reduction/holistic approach that addresses health, mental health and addiction realities as they connect to housing issues.

The Peer Support Network developed by Laing House provides a forum for youth living with a mental illness to support one another in their recovery. "The network provides an opportunity for youth to share their experience, strengths, insights and challenges in an informal, non-judgmental and supportive environment," said Shaleen Jones, Executive Director of Laing House. "We are pleased to have been selected as a recipient of this grant by the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. This money will help Laing House supports members in strengthening their support systems within and beyond Laing House, increase their ability to overcome challenges, and meet their goals."

The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health is giving out more than $1 million in grants this year to fund projects of 20 non-profit community-based groups in all regions. The groups received grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 each.

The grants, which come from money raised in 2008 through the collective efforts of Canada Post, its employees and the public, were allocated by the Foundation to projects that directly benefit people affected by mental illness. Canada Post employees rallied to raise funds for the fledgling Foundation after it was formed in June 2008 to increase awareness and money for mental health, the corporation's cause of choice.

"Canada Post is proud to assist in being able to provide this kind of practical, direct support to people who are struggling to cope with mental illness and to the organizations across the country that deliver services to help them," said Canada Post Regional General Manager Dominique Forest. "We are pleased to see that almost every dollar donated is going right to the front line where it can do the most good. The need is great, particularly in these times, and only a small share of healthcare spending is devoted to mental illness."

James Roche, Chairman of the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health added, "Trustees were deeply impressed with the quality and worthiness of applications received. With only $1 million available for disbursement, the Grants Advisory Committee did an excellent job assessing the applications received and in making recommendations to ensure the Foundation's money will have the greatest positive impact possible on patients and their families. Laing House, Metro Non-Profit Housing Association and Self-Help Connection's programs certainly fits that bill."

This October, to coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week, employees at post offices will again ask customers to donate to the Foundation. On September 14, Canada Post also issued its second fund-raising domestic-rate Mental Health stamp following on the highly successful Mental Health stamp it issued last October. One dollar from the sale of each booklet of 10 stamps goes to the Foundation.

To learn more about the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health, visit www.canadapost.ca/takingsteps

Contact Information

  • Media requiring further information,
    or images from the cheque presentation event or of the
    new Mental Health stamp, should contact:
    Canada Post
    Genevieve Latour, External Communications Manager
    902-494-4074
    or
    Laing House (www.lainghouse.org)
    Shaleen Jones, Executive Director
    902-425-9018
    or
    Metro Non-Profit Housing Association (www.mnphs.ca)
    Carol Charlebois, Executive Director
    902-466-8714
    or
    Self-Help Connection (www.selfhelpconnection.ca)
    Linda Bayers, Executive Director
    902-466-2011 ext. 11