• Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund Investing in First Nation Youth
Nov 05, 2013
The Algonquin Nation Programs and Services Secretariat (Tribal Council) is pleased to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support Investing in Our Youth.

The Tribal Council’s Investing in Our Youth mandate is to inform and educate First Nation youth on the risk factors that can lead to suicide. It will bring more understanding to mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, self-injury, and eating disorders. Investing in Our Youth will ensure that those who are struggling will no longer suffer in silence.

“We are most grateful to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for their $25,000 grant,” said Grand Chief Allan McLaren. “Investing in Our Youth will identify, organize and deliver needs-based culturally relevant training and tools that will help workers to better intervene and understand the unique risk factors that can make First Nation youth vulnerable to suicide and other mental illnesses.” Investing in Our Youth will bring together a multidisciplinary group of people who work with First Nation youth. Participants will include but are not limited to: parents and caregivers; advisors;
educators; health professionals; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers.

“The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is dedicated to improving access to mental health care at the grassroots level in communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “This year, the Algonquin Nation Programs and Services secretariat is one of more than 50 local groups we’re supporting as they provide much-needed help to people living with mental illness while working to reduce the stigma surrounding this pervasive national health issue.”

Investing in Our Youth will actively promote suicide prevention both on and off reserve and will also help build bridges between community services and outside agencies, whose mandate is to provide help to families in mental health crisis.
The First Nation health and social services community partners and the Agence de la santé et de services sociaux de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue are also participants in the program.

The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable and awareness program promoting mental health across Canada with the Bell Let's Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

For information:
Mrs. Donna McBride
Project Manager
Algonquin Nation Programs and Services Secretariat
T: 819-723-2019 F 819-723-2345

Norma Hughes
Corporate Affairs Manager
T : 877-647-3443