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MindCare New Brunswick

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives.

A friend of mine once said, ‘Grief can make you bitter or better’ – and I chose better.
   -Sheila “Nanny” Levesque      Read Nanny’s story


The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, under its MindCare New Brunswick banner, raises and distributes funds to numerous programs across New Brunswick that promote mental wellness and provide expert services to those living with mental illness. A major funder of community mental health initiatives, MindCare NB is a committee of the Board of Directors of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and considers applications for funding under the following four categories: 

  1. Therapeutic and/or Treatment Programs
  2. Education Scholarships
  3. Research Funding
  4. Transformational Funding

On April 9th, 2016, with your help, The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation’s MindCare New Brunswick granted a total of $411,133 in funding for mental health programing throughout the province of New Brunswick. 

Funds are allocated annually.  

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S.H.A.R.E Activity Centre, located on Duke Street in Uptown Saint John, is a dedicated MindCare supporter and MindCare funding recipient. The S.H.A.R.E. centre (Self Help Is A Rewarding Experience) helps clients living with a mental illness gain self reliance through fellowship, mutual support, social activities and education. Read more...

Therapeutic and/or Treatment Programs

MindCare grants financial support Mental Health therapeutic and/or treatment programs (formerly known as Skate To Care Funding). 

Treatment and/or therapeutic programs may include:

  • Socialization
  • Community integration & mobilization
  • Physical wellness
  • Life skills, workplace skills
  • Mental Health First Aid sessions

Applications will be considered from public health professionals (i.e.: Horizon and Vitalité Health Authorities) and community-based not-for-profit or charitable organizations. Funding should be focused on end-users.

Download the MindCare Theraputic Funding application form

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MindCare Research Grant  

This grant is intended to support research on mental health issues in New Brunswick. 

Relevant topics include research concerning the prevention of mental illness, early detection of mental health difficulties, assessment/diagnosis, and treatment. Research attempting to create a better understanding of factors relevant to the development, course, and manifestation of mental illness will also be considered.  Read more

Maximum amount:  $20,000.00 (non-renewable)

Deadline for submissions: December 12, 2016

Download the application form

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Transformational Funding

Program description:

The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation plays an important role in fundraising for excellence and innovation for all areas of local healthcare in support of projects that are beyond the scope of government funding. The Foundation supports community mental health initiatives and mental health advocacy under the name MindCare New Brunswick.

In the fall of each year, MindCare will accept applications for funding to support one or more transformational project initiatives within the province of New Brunswick that impact the areas of therapy/treatment programs, research, and/or education. Funding will be considered for projects up to $150,000.00 with possible annual renewal.

The goal of this program is to provide financial support for those seeking to make significant, long-lasting impact in their community. Applications should include the commitment of a supervisor who specializes in the mental health field. An evidence-based method for evaluating the outcome of the project must be included as part of the application.

Deadline dates:
Application due date: December 12, 2016

Applicants for this funding must either be:
a professional, academic, or resident of New Brunswick, with the proper supporting credentials specific to their project, or a non-profit or charitable organization registered in the Province of New Brunswick.

Application: Click here to download the application form

Please send completed applications to:

MindCare Transformational Fund
Office of Research Services
Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network
PO Box 2100-400 University Avenue
Saint John, NB E2L 4L2
P: 506-648-6090
E: ResearchServices@HorizonNB.ca

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Education Scholarships  

The MindCare Committee is currently reviewing its scholarship granting program. Undergraduate scholarships will not be offered in the Spring of 2017. Please stay tuned for more information on coming Graduate and Post-Graduate Scholarship Opportunities.

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The Mitchell and Janice Franklin Scholarship

To meet rising human resource needs in the field of mental health, a scholarship has been established by MindCare New Brunswick in honour of two New Brunswick philanthropists, Janice Franklin and the late Mitchell Franklin.

The goal of the Mitchell and Janice Franklin Scholarship is to foster excellence in mental health care within the Province of New Brunswick by increasing the human resource pool of skilled professionals. This non-renewable award of $2,000 is governed by the following terms of reference and qualifying criteria.

Terms of Reference:

The scholarship is established to assist in training mental health professionals who will practice in New Brunswick. These professionals would include: Medical Doctors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Nurses and support staff in addiction restraint and in occupational therapy related to mental illness.

Financial assistance would be offered to graduate students showing a positive and direct interest in offering their services to mental health care and development in New Brunswick. Assistance would help pay for university courses and related expenses.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • Applicants shall have New Brunswick roots, ideally shown by residence in the Province prior to attending university.
  • Applicants shall have completed a degree at university.
  • Applicants shall have a commitment to mental health care in the Province of New Brunswick.

Information and application coming soon.

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