Nova Scotians who use mental health services will benefit from anadditional $129,000 in funding for community-based projects. “This government is committed to building a more responsivemental health system,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Health.”These projects will involve and benefit those who have mentalillness within their own communities.” Since 2002 the Department of Health has been funding year-longlocal projects that involve people who use mental healthservices. The five projects receiving funding this year are:– Mental Health Action Research Connection Group in Halifax:$22,800 to provide training in, and evaluation of, participatoryresearch, and to develop a peer-advocacy network; — Take Charge in Cumberland County: $13,600 to establish a 10-week Take Charge mood group for women with mood disorders, and afollow-up self-help group;– Schizophrenia Society, Antigonish Chapter: $32,917 to educatethe community on mental health and illness, educate and trainmental health consumers to participate in mental health serviceplanning, decision making and evaluation; promote self-helpactivities, and help schools to provide a suicide interventionprogram;– Crossroads in Sydney: $40,000 to open a laundry service andcafé that will be owned and operated by mental health consumersthrough a not-for-profit co-operative;– Canadian Mental Health Association, Colchester East HantsBranch, Illusions (art gallery) Project: $20,000 to develop abusiness proposal to open and operate an art gallery in Trurothat would profile artwork created by mental health consumersfrom across the province. “People in Antigonish with a mental illness know the need todecrease stigma and firmly plant in people’s minds the truthabout mental illness,” said Fran Nunn of the Guysborough-Antigonish-Strait Consumer Action Project. “This grant will notonly serve as a means of sowing that truth, but will also providepeople with a mental illness with the chance to educate, based ontheir personal experiences.” Heather Wood of the Canadian Mental Health Association,Colchester East Hants Branch, said that the Illusions Projectwill help to ensure that the hard work of mental health consumersis accepted and acknowledged. “When we wrote this proposal, we thought that it was a pie in thesky kind of idea,” said Ms. Wood. “This kind of project boostsself-esteem and recognizes diverse abilities. There is nothinglike this project anywhere in Nova Scotia. I think everyoneinvolved will flourish in one way or another.” This year, the Department of Health received 13 applications forfunding from community groups across the province. Applicationswere screened by mental health staff and consumers, and chosen bythe Department of Health. Each finalist must submit reports everysix months and complete a formal project evaluation. “These projects help remove barriers that mental health consumersface daily,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Community mental health projectswould not be possible without the dedication of many volunteersacross the province. Their contribution is invaluable and helpsus move closer to building a brighter, more inclusive future.”
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Thursday, May 26, 2016, photo shows a home for sale in Carlsbad, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 4, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Average US 30-year mortgage rate declines to 3.43 per cent WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after rising for three straight weeks, continuing to lure prospective homebuyers.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.43 per cent from 3.48 per cent last week. The average rate is down sharply from 3.91 per cent a year ago.The 15-year fixed mortgage rate dipped to 2.74 per cent from 2.78 per cent last week.Record-low interest rates this year have helped spur home purchases and boost the housing market. The Federal Reserve has been holding its key short-term rate near zero since 2008, and a statement from the Fed last week after its latest policy meeting had led many economists to conclude that a strengthening economy would lead the central bank to resume raising rates as soon as September.But after a government report last Friday showed a surprisingly lacklustre economy in the second quarter, many economists said a September rate hike was now probably off the table. The Commerce Department data showed that gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of the economy — grew just 1.2 per cent in the April-June period.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage remained at 0.5 point this week. The fee for a 15-year loan also was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.73 per cent, down from 2.78 per cent last week. The fee held at 0.5 point.