Analysis: Bell Let’s Talk about Indigenous mental health – CBC

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Analysis: Bell Let’s Talk about Indigenous mental health – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 1, 2017319 Views

January 26th, 2017

Could pressure from charities force the government to live up to funding promises?

On Jan. 25, otherwise known as Bell Let’s Talk Day — a nationwide social media campaign to encourage breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and raising funds for mental health programming — an anonymous donor stepped in to donate $380,000 to the Wapekeka First Nation, where two 12-year-old girls had recently taken their own lives.

The fly-in community, 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., had asked for funding of a similar amount but was denied by Health Canada last summer, the department claiming the request came at “an awkward time” during the budget cycle.

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