N.B. Association for Community Living receives Bell Let's Talk grant

The New Brunswick Association for Community Living has received a $22,000 grant from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for its Not Just Talk project.

The project will create a series of aids and visual tools for youth and adults with an intellectual or developmental disability (ID/DD) on the topics of depression, anxiety and mental wellness.

Officials say the goal is to help people to better understand what they are experiencing when faced with depression or anxiety, and how to cope with or address these issues.

The project will also create a facilitators guide and provide training and information sessions to develop broader support strategies for family members, support workers and educators.

Danny Soucy, the association's executive director, says people with an ID/DD face challenges when trying to understand what they are experiencing when mental health concerns arise.

Soucy says they are three to four times more likely to have a mental health conditions than the general population.