NDP MLA Simons says community counselling service will be extended for people on the Sunshine Coast
SECHELT – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says that people on the Sunshine Coast will continue to benefit from low and no-cost counselling services with the extension of funding for a local community agency.
“Almost everyone faces both physical and mental health challenges some time in their life, and we’re committed to making sure supports are available when people need them,” said MLA Simons. “We’re so fortunate to have Sunshine Coast Community Services providing counselling to children, youth and families in need, and I’m glad that they will be able to continue their program with government support.”
The Sunshine Coast Community Services Society 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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