A Visionary Showcase of Hidden Talent

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia unveils first round of performers for A Different Stage of Mind

 The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s vision is crystal clear. A province where our neighbours, colleagues and loved ones living with mental illness and addiction are thriving. It’s an outlook shared by more than two dozen performers who’ve committed to taking the stage at BMO Bank of Montreal A Different Stage of Mind 20/20 for 2020: A Vision for Mental Health.

Presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, A Different Stage of Mind is a variety show featuring Nova Scotia community leaders performing in the roles of musical stars. The upcoming event will offer guests “A Vision for Mental Health” on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. at the Halifax Convention Centre. Funds raised will support community initiatives throughout Nova Scotia that provide hope and eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction.

Four acts have already been confirmed for 2020. Each group is committed to raising a minimum of $50,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia in the months leading up to the event through ticket sales, fundraisers, and corporate donations. More performers will be announced within the coming weeks. The stars will also compete for the Top Fundraiser and the highly-coveted People’s Choice Awards.

“Community leaders are stepping up in a big way to make a difference in the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addiction,” says Starr Cunningham, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President & CEO. “We’re thrilled to have four acts signed on already who will bring so much energy and enthusiasm to their performance and efforts to change the way people think.”

Mayor Mike Savage will return as the much-loved, off-the-cuff emcee of the visionary showcase. The line up to date includes:

  • A powerhouse team of First Responders led by 911 Provincial Director Dave Wilson including Halifax Police Superintendent Don MacLean and 911 Dispatcher Lana Grant.

  • Melissa Berry and Josh Kogon of Royal LePage Atlantic

  • A Women’s Choir of prominent business leaders led by RBC’s Alisa Alyward including Jennifer Auld, Dr. Alexa Bagnell, Sue Bachur, Clare Champoux, Heather Conrad, Krista Dempsey, Patricia Depalma, Karen Gardiner, Dale Godsoe, Susan Grant, Nancy Johnston, Kim MacDonald, Rebecca Ramia, Sharon Resky, Karen Spaulding, Michele Trider, and Carolyn Wood.

  • Paul Leblanc, CEO & Founder of Arrivals + Departures

Tickets are now on sale for BMO Bank of Montreal A Different Stage of Mind. To support a star and/or purchase tickets or tables, visit mentalhealthns.ca

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BMO Bank of Montreal’s A Different Stage of Mind

Friday, March 6, 2020

Halifax Convention Centre

8pm

Individual ticket: $150.00 (can be dedicated to a star’s fundraising goal)
Table for 8: $1,200 (can be dedicated to a star’s fundraising goal)

Minister of Veterans Affairs Announces Funding to Help two Nova Scotia-based Organizations advance Veterans’ mental health

Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund supports Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative for projects focusing on treatment and recovery.

August 13, 2019 – Dartmouth, NS – Veterans Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence announced funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund for the Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative is receiving funding to offer stress-reduction training to Veterans and their families. It will offer a transcendental meditation program to help Veterans and their families deal with toxic stress, occupational stress and post-traumatic stress. The organization was approved for $48,715 in 2019-20.

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia will use its funding to support Landing Strong, a 12-week day-treatment program helping Veterans and their families to address the mental, moral and physical aspects of injury. The funding will also support year-round workshops, Community Connection days and social media education and support initiatives. The organization was approved for $727,876 over 5 years, beginning in 2019-20.

The Government of Canada’s Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund provides $3 million a year in grants and contributions to private, public or academic organizations for research, initiatives and projects that improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.

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“Our government is proud to support the Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, which are doing important work to promote healing and positive mental health outcomes for Veterans. Their projects demonstrate what the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is all about: innovative approaches to making life better for Veterans in Canada.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“We know PTSD impacts countless individuals and their families. This funding will go a long way toward helping our Veterans, while changing the way people think about mental illness at the same time. We are incredibly proud of this partnership and what it means to Veterans who deserve to be landing strong.”

Starr Cunningham, President and Chief Executive Officer,  Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

"The Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative is honoured to be working with the Veterans Affairs Canada in finding innovative ways to improve the lives of Veterans and their families. We will be offering training to 20 families in the Transcendental Meditation technique, a simple but effective stress reduction tool that has been shown to significantly improve physical and mental health, improve overall quality of life, and help foster a more harmonious family dynamic."

Helen Creighton, National Director, Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative

Quick facts

  • The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund supports research projects and innovative initiatives to improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.

  • In 2017, the Government of Canada announced an investment in the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. In 2018 and 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada provided funding for 43 projects designed to improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.

  • The Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative serves women whose jobs, and health are at risk due to chronic or acutely high levels of stress.

  • The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans and their families in addressing the mental, moral and physical aspects of injury.

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Recruits New Board of Trustees Members

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The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is currently recruiting applicants for its Board of Trustees. The Foundation is seeking dynamic leaders with a true passion for changing the way people think.

Presently, the Foundation is in need of two new Trustees. A Trustee with legal acumen and a Trustee with a CPA designation are required. As the Foundation strives to reflect Nova Scotia’s geographic diversity, candidates from all across the province are urged to express interest.

The Foundation’s vision is to see Nova Scotians with mental illness and addiction thriving in our communities. We hope it’s a vision you share and if so, click here to learn more.

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Honours Outstanding Mental Health Advocates

Keynote Speaker Theo Fleury shares his story of triumph over mental illness, trauma and addiction

Keynote Speaker Theo Fleury shares his story of triumph over mental illness, trauma and addiction

HALIFAX, May 9, 2019 – The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia has recognized five outstanding Nova Scotians for their positive impact on the province’s mental health community. The awards were presented during the foundation’s annual Let’s Keep Talking event featuring key note speaker Theo Fleury.

“The dedication and perseverance of these individuals has contributed immensely to the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction,” said Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President & CEO Starr Cunningham. “We are so proud of these exemplary members of our community who are leading the conversation to change the way people think.”

The 2019 Let’s Keep Talking awards were presented to:

Jessie Cullum, Outstanding Youth

Judi Quan, Outstanding Senior

Marilyn Bright, Outstanding Healthcare Provider

Elsie Morden, Outstanding Individual

Sarah Rahr, Outstanding Caregiver

Award recipients reflected on their contribution to the ongoing conversation around mental health and the importance of eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction. Their sentiments were echoed by Theo Fleury, whose candid address about his struggles with trauma and addiction provided an inspiring message of hope and motivation for audience members about confronting obstacles head on and that change is possible.

Following his presentation, Mr. Fleury was also recognized for his mental health advocacy with the Let’s Keep Talking award for Outstanding Activist.

“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to continue supporting the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Let’s Keep Talking event to help people in Nova Scotia living with mental illness and addictions,” said Andre LeBlanc, Bell’s Vice President Marketing, Small Business. “Congratulations to all of this year’s Let’s Keep Talking award recipients for the outstanding role they are playing in moving mental health forward in Nova Scotia.”

Emceed by CTV Atlantic news anchor and Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Board of Trustees member Paul Hollingsworth, Let’s Keep Talking encourages an ongoing dialogue about mental illness and addiction. At the same time, it recognizes individuals who are living extraordinarily well with mental disorders or caring for those with mental illness and addiction. The event also featured a special performance by musician Jon Cyr.

Let’s Keep Talking with Theo Fleury was made possible by the generous support of presenting sponsor Bell Let’s Talk; keynote sponsor the J&W Murphy Foundation; award sponsors: Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry, NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT, Northwood INTouch, and NS Power. Funds raised will support mental illness and addiction programs across the province. 

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About The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addictions. We work to increase access to mental health education and awareness for all, raising funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide.

Let’s Keep Talking was launched in 2014. Since then the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia has kept the conversation going featuring notable Canadian mental health advocates including, Margaret Trudeau, Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, Michael Landsberg and Steven Page.

 

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Media Contact

Jill Chappell

Marketing & Communications Lead

jill.chappell@nshealth.ca

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(c) 902-717-5981

NHL Legend Theo Fleury to Share Triumph over Trauma and Addiction

Let’s Keep Talking to Honour 5 Nova Scotians for Contributions to Mental Health

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The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to welcome NHL Legend and Stanley Cup Champion Theo Fleury as the keynote speaker for this year’s Let’s Keep Talking event presented by Bell Let's Talk, May 9th at the Spatz Theatre. Fleury is perhaps best known for his time on the ice, but has become equally regarded for his outspoken advocacy for mental illness and addiction. The keynote speaker has been underwritten by the generosity of the J & W Murphy Foundation.

Fleury was once wrought with turmoil from a troubled childhood, abuse and was coping with trauma through addiction and self-destructive behaviours. Today, he is a victor over trauma and addiction, and is dedicated to helping others still trying to find their way. Fleury has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medallion among many other accolades for his work combating child abuse while promoting healing and recovery.

Presented by Bell Let’s Talk, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s 6th annual Let’s Keep Talking will be hosted once again by CTV Atlantic Reporter and Foundation Board of Trustees Member, Paul Hollingsworth. The event takes place during Mental Health Week aiming to educate Nova Scotians, and encourage an ongoing conversation about mental illness and addiction. Local musician Jon Cyr will also be performing.

Let’s Keep Talking will also recognize five dedicated Nova Scotians. This year’s award recipients are: Outstanding Youth Jessie Cullum, Outstanding Senior Judi Quann, Outstanding Healthcare Provider Marilyn Bright, Outstanding Individual Elsie Morden, and Outstanding Caregiver Sarah Rahr. They will be honoured for inspiring others while facing their own challenges living with or supporting others with mental illness or addiction.

"Theo Fleury has a powerful story; one that provides an important message of hope in the face of mental illness and addiction," says Starr Cunningham, President and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. "We are thrilled five incredibly deserving Nova Scotians will share the stage with a passionate mental health advocate whose bravery and resilience is truly changing the way people think." 

Let’s Keep Talking is a free event, made possible by the generous support of sponsors, Bell Let’s Talk, J & W Murphy Foundation, Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry, NS Power, Northwood Intouch, and NorthWest Healthcare Properties. In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Ticket reservation is now available at mentalhealthns.ca/lets-keep-talking.


Let’s Keep Talking with Theo Fleury

Thursday, May 9th; Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:00 pm

Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School

1855 Trollope St, Halifax, NS


Media Contact

Jill Chappell, Marketing & Communications Lead

902-464-3210 // jill.chappell@nshealth.ca

A Quarter of a Million Reasons to Change the Way People Think!

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Funds Community & Inpatient Mental Health Initiatives

A quarter of a million reasons to change the way people think! The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Grants have been awarded. A total of $250,000 has been granted through the Foundation’s first round of Community Grants and the NSHA Mental Health & Addictions Program Grants. 12 community organizations working to improve mental health literacy and support across the province have been granted a total of $120,000. A second round of Community Grants will be awarded later this summer. $130,000 in Mental Health & Addictions Program Grants have also been bestowed. 

The 12 community projects that have received 2019-2020 funding are:

  • 11th Annual Ray of Hope Retreat will provide a safe, nurturing environment for women in recovery to share their experiences, strength and hope with one another. 

  • Working Well with Mental Illness will offer accommodations to workers with mental illness in seven different Nova Scotia locations by way of a web-based Job Access Mobile application (JAM App) designed by Dalhousie University’s Inclusive by Design Research Lab. 

  • Rooting the Farm & Spreading the Model will allow the Common Roots Urban Farm – Dartmouth to offer new employability programming while continuing skills-training and educational workshops.

  • LakeCity Pre-Employment Peer Support Program will operate as a launch pad toward employment, learning opportunities, relationship-building and integration for adults living with mental illness. 

  • Kidz Connect by Family SOS will address mental health and online safety for HRM children and youth with the goal of proactively teaching awareness and prevention of mental health problems at a young age. 

  • Parent Resource Lending Library will develop a library of resources for parents in the Inverness Family of Schools aimed at helping them learn about mental health problems that are prevalent at various ages and stages. 

  • Life Skills Program by the John Howard Society of Nova Scotia will provide Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence and Healthy Relations Programming and foster a sense of community while teaching mental health skills and well-being. 

  • LOVE Leadership Training & Outreach will provide youth who‘ve experienced violence and mental health problems with the skills and knowledge to become leaders who educate others about youth culture, violence prevention and additional important issues.

  • The Art of Friendship by CMHA Nova Scotia will provide a community resiliency-based peer support pilot project in three Nova Scotia communities. The project will provide a safe, caring and supportive environment for youth and adults to reduce social isolation, build self-awareness, gain confidence and develop social and emotional skills.

  • TNT (Then, Now and Tomorrow) will bring together youth and seniors to plan and create an online presence comparing life ‘then’ to life ‘now’. The Chester Municipal Heritage Society project will engage youth through video to tackle the stereotypes often connected with aging and dementia. 

  • Expanding the ICAN Adult Anxiety Program to Nova Scotia will focus on Nova Scotians between the ages of 18-30 who are significantly impacted by anxiety and depression through an evidence-based telephone coaching service, created in Nova Scotia as a project of Strongest Families Institute. 

  • Audience Response System will display live results during CMHA Kings County weekly Resource Management Peer Support Group sessions. It will allow full participation at key points, especially by those new to the group or experiencing anxiety

“We are pleased to be able to support so many worthy and deserving projects happening across the province,” says Starr Cunningham, President & CEO. “Unfortunately, there are many more organizations that require funding. Our focus now has to be on figuring out a way to say ‘yes’ more often than we say ‘no’. We need the help of all Nova Scotians to change the way people think about mental illness and addiction.”

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia distributes funding to programs and services across the province on a biannual basis. The second call for 2019-2020 Community Grants applications will take place July 2019. To learn more or to make a donation visit mentalhealthns.ca.


 About the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.  We raise funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide.

www.mentalhealthns.ca

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Media Contact:

Jill Chappell, Marketing & Communications Lead
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

T: (902) 464-3210
E: jill.chappell@nshealth.ca

Hundreds of Voices Unite for Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

There are hundreds of thousands of reasons to celebrate following the 16th annual BMO Bank of Montreal A Different Stage of Mind. The event featured four star performances by community leaders and volunteers in a energetic show of support to Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addiction. Hosted by Mayor Mike Savage, the Variety Show drew a crowd of nearly 500 guests to the Halifax Convention Centre.

Official fundraisers committed to raising $50,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia through ticket sales and sponsorships, as well as live donations during and following the show. At the time of this release, revenue for the event was $200,000.

The final tally showed $75,200 raised by Sonny & Cher (Cyril Lunney and Catherine Campbell) with an added boost from team member Phyllis Diller (Diane Campbell) which secured their award for Top Fundraiser. Next in line were Lady Gaga (Maggie MacGillivray) and Bradley Cooper (Jon Cyr) who raised $67,500. Songstress Sarah Ellen Morrison pulled in $55,800, and The Lunch Bunch community choir sang strictly for the fun of it!

Sonny and Cher kicked off the night with a stage show that got everyone grooving including a surprise cameo by Phyllis Diller. Following the opening act, was the sultry sound of Sarah Ellen Morrison, a promising local musician. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper wowed the audience with their moving performance taking home the coveted People's Choice Award. And the Lunch Bunch rounded out the evening with their radiant positivity. As the night drew to a close, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President & CEO Starr Cunningham encouraged guests to get loud about mental illness and addiction.

“There is a real charge in the air here tonight – an energy of change and care,” said Cunningham. “Let’s be sure to hold onto it and use it to inspire more voices to join us in changing the way people think!”

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia would like to thank all of this year’s sponsors and supporters. Our heartfelt gratitude to presenting sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal; Event Partner, ZedEvents; Media Partner, CTV News Atlantic; Branding Partner, Revolve; Video Partner, RPM Productions; A/V Partner, FMAV; Decor Partner, Glow The Event Store; Printing Partner, Atlantic Digital Reproductions, Mayor Mike Savage, Adam Conter, the team at the Halifax Convention Centre, Garry Williams, Stoo Metz, Elle Munster Makeup Artistry, Hair Design Centre, and our dedicated volunteers.

Those unable to attend can still take part by making a donation at mentalhealthns.ca/a-different-stage-of-mind.