Vietnamese Canadians Urged to Help Earthquake Victims in South Asia

Vietnamese Canadians Urged to Help Earthquake Victims in South Asia










OTTAWA (PRWEB) October 21, 2005

In response to the plight of the millions of victims of the recent earthquake in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan where the death toll can rise up to 70,000, the Vietnamese Canadian Federation is calling upon all members of the Vietnamese community in Canada to join in the campaign that has been mounted to raise funds to help these victims. The money contributed before October 26, 2005 will be matched by the Canadian government.

Donations can be sent directly to either of the following organizations:    

Canadian Red Cross

National Office

170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300

Ottawa, ON K2P 2P2

Tel: (613) 740-1900, Fax: (613) 740-1911

CARE Canada

Donation Processing Centre

P.O. Box 800, Station K

Toronto, ON M4P 2H2

Tel: 1-800-267-5232.

This is the fourth time in 2005 that the Federation has urged members of the Vietnamese Canadian community to contribute to the relief funds set up to help victims of natural disasters and human tragedies, including the tsunami in Asia and Africa last December, the fire which killed five persons of a family of Cambodian origin in Ottawa early this year, and the recent Katrina hurricane in Southern U.S.

The Vietnamese Canadian Federation is an umbrella organization of 12 community associations in the Vietnamese community across Canada. It was established in 1980 to coordinate social, cultural, and sports activities in the community. Its office is located in Ottawa.

Tel. (613) 230-8282.

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Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake

Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake











Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 19, 2010

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is offering small emergency grants and free Mental Health First Aid training to support mental health efforts in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and with their loved ones in the U.S. We commend the efforts of many agencies and individuals that are providing disaster relief. Our pockets are not deep but we are standing by to help in any way we can,” Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council said.

Through its Project Helping Hands, the National Council offers small grants to organizations working to meet the mental health needs of Haitian survivors and loved ones in the U.S. Since 2005, Project Helping Hands has supported behavioral healthcare organizations responding to emergency mental health and addictions treatment needs in the wake of disaster — hiring treatment staff, setting up emergency outreach offices, and purchasing medications and emergency equipment.

It is estimated that up to 25 to 30 percent of people in the most vulnerable communities experience the onset of trauma and mental disorders in the wake of disaster. These needs usually manifest several weeks to months after a disaster, as the reality of loss and displacement sinks in. Those with pre-existing serious mental illnesses may be traumatized anew or displaced and need extra care and support.

Haitian populations in the U.S., concerned about the safety and whereabouts of any loved ones in Haiti, may also be experiencing acute anxiety and stress reactions. Further, it is likely that the U.S. will see a significant influx of surviving Haitians over the coming months and a good number will likely experience mental health issues, in addition to the challenges of settling into a new culture.

Free Mental Health First Aid USA (http://www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org) training is available for volunteers headed to help in Haiti in the coming months and for community groups and caring citizens working with Haitian populations in the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid USA — a collaboration of the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health — equips members of the public with skills and resources to help someone developing a mental health problem or save someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Those trained in Mental Health First Aid can recognize the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and connect persons in need with appropriate professional or other help, including peer and family support.

Those who wish to support the Haiti disaster mental health response may donate to the National Council’s Project Helping Hands at http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/cs/project_helping_hands.

The National Council is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,700 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country.

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