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City of Moncton and Health Networks set to distribute mental health brochure


September 5, 2014
 
MONCTON – In an effort to help residents deal with the longer-term mental health effects resulting from the June 4 shootings of five RCMP officers, and the subsequent lock-down of a large zone in Moncton’s North End, the City of Moncton has partnered with the Horizon and Vitalité Health Networks to distribute an information brochure.

“We feel that this initiative is essential in fostering our community’s healing. Our residents rallied extraordinarily well over the past weeks, and now we hope that the information detailed in the brochure will help them cope and recognize symptoms that are normal, and that can appear weeks and even months following such an event. We are fortunate to have great resources in our community, and I would strongly encourage those who feel the need to reach out and seek professional help,” explains Laurann Hanson, General Manager, Human Resource Services for the City of Moncton.

“It is also important to note that these mental health challenges can apply to various situations, such as anxiety for a student on the eve of big exam, or even coping with job loss,” adds Denise Fortin, FACT Team Manager (Vitalité Health Network). “Adults and children can express their feelings in many different ways – and expressing them is important.”

“Mental health professionals are there to support the community in its efforts to move forward from this tragic event. Our goal is to reassure people that help is available, and to let them know how to access those resources,” concluded Renée Fournier, manager of Mental Health Services in Moncton (Horizon Health Network).

The brochure will be delivered, beginning the week of September 8, to residences and businesses in and around the lock-down zone that was in place June 4-6, 2014. A copy is also available for download here

Community mental health resources include: Horizon Health Network (506-856-2444), Vitalité Health Network (506-862-4144), the CHIMO provincial crisis phone line (1-800-667-5005), and the Canadian Mental Health Association (www.cmha.ca). 

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Media Contact:

Isabelle LeBlanc
Director, Communications (City of Moncton)
506-853-3592 / Isabelle.leblanc@moncton.ca