Rogers recognizes the Consumers’ Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (CHANNAL)

Gerry Rogers, MHA, St. John’s Centre
Private Member’s Statement
CHANNAL's Open House

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, I had the pleasure of attending CHANNAL’s open house. CHANNAL is the Consumers’ Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labrador and is the only consumer-led mental health organization in the Province. Their main office is in the heart of St. John’s Centre with other locations across the Province.

It is incredible what a handful of hard-working staff and volunteers have done to help this organization grow into an invaluable hub of peer support for folks struggling with mental illness. They talked to me about their challenges, their hopes, and their determination to help each other. They were particularly concerned about the limited mental health services and housing challenges so many face – issues that are often huge factors for people coping with mental health issues.

CHANNAL offers peer support groups based on the concept that those who have experienced mental illness are in the best position to pass on knowledge and support. They are experts in their own lives. The peer support teams work hard to combat isolation and to educate the public on issues relevant to mental health. They also do incredible advocacy on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I invite all members to join me in saying bravo to CHANNAL.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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