The Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R.) is honoured to have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP), United Way Peterborough & District and local donors as part of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
A recent study tells us 69% of Ontarians believe the province is headed for a “serious mental health crisis” and 77% say more mental health supports will be necessary to help society1. With this funding, made possible through community donors, C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. will be better positioned to provide these crucial supports.
“We are extremely grateful to the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, United Way Peterborough & District, and all of their donors, for recognizing the importance of mental health in our community, particularly at this trying time,” says Mark Graham, Chief Executive Officer of C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R.
As 41% of the general population in Ontario wishes they had someone to talk to about the things that are worrying them now2 and 50% say they’re feeling isolated3, C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. will be using this funding, in part, to assist in enabling those critical connections.
“This funding will be used for expenses related to COVID-19, such as cell phones and SIM cards for our most isolated clients to help them maintain important relationships,” says Graham, noting the funding will also be used to purchase food vouchers to assist clients facing food insecurity, as well as additional personal protective equipment.
For more information about the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, or to donate, visit cfgp.ca/project/covid-19-community-response-fund.
To learn more about C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R., visit cmhahkpr.ca.