Shediac mental health centre expanding to Moncton
Centre's executive director, Kristal LeBlanc, says expansion necessary to meet a growing need
A Shediac mental health centre for people in crisis is opening an office in Moncton due to what it says is a rising demand in the area.
Kristal LeBlanc, executive director of the Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre, says more than a third of the centre's clients come from the Greater Moncton area.
"As people who are there to care for people who are in need, who are suicidal who suffer from severe depression, we're not going to turn them away based on their address," LeBlanc said.
The Beausejour Centre was created in the 1990s to bring mental health services to the rural community in and around Shediac and provides 24-hour mental health services to anyone in need.
LeBlanc says an additional 300 clients a year are now coming from the Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe region and that's why it's time to expand into the area.
The centre is setting up in the Support to Single Parent offices on Queen Street in Moncton, and unlike the Shediac location, it will not have drop-in services.
LeBlanc says it will be a place for counselling people who can't make it to Shediac, critical as this time of year, especially.
"I think it's the pressure of having that perfect family and perfect gifts under the tree and everything is decorated, you know these … ideas of this is what Christmas should look like," she said.