Northern Lakes College receives funding for mental health initiatives

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Here is some good news for future and current Northern Lakes College (NLC) students; the Alberta government is investing over $850,000 in your mental health wellness.
The news was announced here at the Slave Lake campus earlier in September by Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services and MLA for Lesser Slave Lake.
“One thing I heard loud and clear when I co-chaired the review of our province’s mental health system was that we need to do more to support the health and well-being of students and young Albertans,” she said. “This grant is an important step in ensuring that young people in northern Alberta have the tools and support they need to succeed as they pursue their dreams. I’m proud that our government is investing in the health of students at Northern Lakes College and across Alberta.”
NLC will receive $290,000 per year for the next three years; the funding is part of a $25.8 million province-wide initiative to improve the mental health of post-secondary students.
“Northern Lakes College is very pleased to receive funding that will allow us to further enhance opportunities for our students, including access to mental health resources and engagement activities,” said Ann Everatt, president of NLC. “The funding will allow Northern Lakes College to progress our goal of developing a comprehensive wellness program that is focused on mental health. We want our students to have every opportunity for success.”
Minister of Advancded Education, Marlin Schmidt, wrote in a media release that he believes mental illness plays a huge role in a student’s life and that this funding will provide coping tools.
“Our government’s increased investment in student mental health programs is an important commitment to help students succeed,” he said. “Mental health challenges have a significant impact on far too many students, and we are making these public investments so all students across the province have access to these programs when they need them.”

Danielle Larivee speaking at NLC earlier this month.

 

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