NDP MLA Babchuk says community counselling service will be extended for people on the North Island

January 27, 2022 at 11:51 am  Politics, Provincial

 KWAKIUTL – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk says that people on the North Island will continue to benefit from low and no-cost counselling services with the extension of funding for a local community agency.

“Addressing mental health issues is both a challenge and important undertaking for communities across B.C., and I’m glad to see the Kwakiutl leading that work,” said MLA Babchuk. “The supports they offer make a real difference in people’s lives, and I’m happy to see that they will be able to keep helping their community.”

The Kwakiutl Band Council is among 49 local community agencies in B.C. that are receiving extended funding to continue their community counselling service. The New Democrat government is investing $4.2 million to support this ongoing service for people across the province.

This funding builds on investments that New Democrats have been making since 2019 to reduce barriers to mental health supports for people throughout the province. During the pandemic, additional funding was provided to more community counselling organizations to help them offer these vital services virtually. Since 2019, over 100,000 counselling sessions have been provided to people as a result.

Expansion of affordable community counselling services is one way government is improving access and quality of care, and it is a key pillar outlined in A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s roadmap for creating a seamless, comprehensive system of mental-health and addictions care that works for everyone.

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