In my last blog post, I talked about the Medavie Health Foundation and its support of the Atlantic Wellness Community Center. The Foundation has helped dozens of other community groups, projects, and charities—all with a focus on creating healthier communities with better access to prevention of and support for health challenges like type 2 diabetes and mental health issues. Click here to see more stories made possible by the Medavie Health Foundation.
In October 2015, the Medavie Health Foundation announced the launch of the Healthy Change Project. This volunteer program connects employees of the Foundation’s funding partners (Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie EMS) with organizations receiving financial support from the Foundation.
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In 2014, the Atlantic Wellness Community Center was in danger of closing its doors.
Open for just two years at that time, the Center was overwhelmed by demand for its services—providing free mental health counselling to youth in need. The Center is a publicly funded registered charity and, at the time, was providing counselling and other mental health services to about 400 youth in southeastern New Brunswick.
In 2015, the Medavie Health Foundation committed to providing the Atlantic Wellness Community Center with $40,000 in funding for its Open Doors counselling program, meaning the Center could offer an additional 1,200 hours of free therapy for at-risk youth. The Center would also be able to schedule a youth’s first session within 14 days of their initial contact.
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