NBACL is pleased to have received a $22,000 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant in support of our Not Just Talk project. The announcement was at an event in our Training Room on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
NBACL supports individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (ID/DD) by working to ensure that they have the supports required to live as full citizens in inclusive communities. The Not Just Talk project will provide much needed information to youth and adults with an ID/DD who also have mental health issues.
People with an ID/DD face challenges when trying to understand what they are experiencing when mental health concerns arise. NBACL receives many calls from people whose family member is experiencing anxiety and/or depression because they do not have access to information or support to understand their situation.
NBACL has already created an eBook for professionals, entitled Supporting People with Dual Diagnosis – Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness,” Soucy added. “This crucial Bell Let’s Talk funding allows us to address the needs of those who may be affected by such a dual diagnosis, and their families, by providing helpful and important information and guidance.”
The Not Just Talk project will create a series of bilingual, plain language aids and visual tools designed for youth and adults with an intellectual or development disability on the topics of depression, anxiety and mental wellness. Using the combination of plain words and illustrations or visual aids, the project will support people to better understand what they are experiencing when faced with depression or anxiety and how to cope with or address these issues. The project will create a Facilitator’s Guide and provide training and information sessions to develop broader support strategies for family members, support workers and educators.
“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to support the New Brunswick Association of Community Living’s Not Just Talk project,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “This year, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund has provided 70 grants to support programs providing mental health services in communities around the country that help Canadians living with mental illness.”
The grant will cover the cost of project coordination, resource/tool development and writing, eBook development, translation, printing of resources and public information sessions to promote use of the resources within the target population. The Community Living Board – Fundy Region Inc. is also contributing $5,500 towards the cost of project.
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace initiatives. To learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, and to download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.