Funding is part of a commitment of $100 million to support the mental health of those most affected by COVID-19
The Government of Canada understands that mental health is health, and is working to ensure that all people in Canada, regardless of where they live, have access to the vital mental health supports they need. This includes young people, who continue to be particularly vulnerable to the disruptions COVID-19 has caused.
Today, Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced $1.28 million in funding to Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, to expand their existing peer support programs nationally. This will be done through a partnership with Body Brave, and will allow for peer support information and resources to be available virtually to youth, families, and caregivers across Canada through their Recovery Support Program. An implementation guide will also be developed to help communities across Canada create and implement their own peer support programs for those with eating disorders.
Today’s investment builds on the historic announcement the Government of Canada made in February of $198.6 billion over 10 years to improve health care services for Canadians, reduce surgical backlogs, support health workers, and improve integrated mental health and substance use services. We will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure that all Canadians have the mental health and substance use supports they need to maintain their well-being now, and into the future.