Riverview teen mental health centre grant 'disappointing'
Atlantic Wellness Community Centre hoped for up to $5K from town, received $500
An organization that provides free mental health care to teens in Riverview is disappointed with the amount of a municipal grant.
The Atlantic Wellness Community Centre has provided counselling to about 500 teens between the ages of 12 and 21 since 2012.
Privately funded through donations, the organization wanted to raise $17,500, says Lesley Smyth, executive director and therapist.
"When we compare that to the other organizations that applied for grants, we feel ours wasn't really comparable to some of those other organizations that had received [$2,000, $3,000], $4,000. So yes we were definitely disappointed."
"And for what we're trying to do for the youth of Riverview, Moncton and Dieppe in trying to provide mental health services … so we were definitely hoping for a bit more support."
Council gave the application careful consideration, says Riverview Mayor Ann Seamans.
Although the majority of councillors said it was a worthwhile cause, they felt it wasn't the municipality's job to fund health care and provided what they could, she says.
"Although everybody felt it was very worthwhile and would love to be able to support it, but we have to watch our dollars also," said Seamans.
Smyth says she wishes the town would reconsider its decision because it's everyone's responsibility to help pay for mental health care.