Saint John, NB, November 9, 2021 – The John Howard Society, Fundy Region is pleased to receive a $12,500 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support providing an additional 100 hours of counseling services for the organization.

The funding will supplement the 200 hours of services currently provided in-kind by agency social workers. The Strengths-Based Brief Solution-Focused Counseling is a simple approach based on clear, solution-oriented questions largely focused on the desired changes for the immediate future. There is an emphasis on simplicity, focusing on strengths, resources, and the self-determination of the client.

“The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will allow our clients the opportunity to quickly navigate major challenges, successfully diverting life crisis,” said Margo Butler, Co- Executive Director of The John Howard Society, Fundy Region. “We greatly appreciate the support, and recognize the positive impact this funding will have across the region we serve.”

The program ensures that individuals and families in crisis can access immediate counseling services, and range from one to eight hours of services per client/family depending upon the need and coordination of collaborative services.

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to help The John Howard Society, Fundy Region expand upon their counseling services to benefit more people in the Greater Saint John community,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund provides grants to community-based mental health organizations throughout the country working to expand access to mental health care through evidence-based programs just like this.”

Bell Let’s Talk promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives throughout the country. To learn more, please visit