New counseling service for fishers and their families
A new free counseling service is now available for fishers and their families facing difficult circumstances in their daily lives.
The Fisher Assistance program is available to members of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association and the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance. Financial support for the service is provided by the Department of Fisheries and Communities.
“We are pleased to support this invaluable service to help individuals and families facing difficult times,” said Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities. “The health and well-being of those who work in the fishing and aquaculture industries is of prime importance to us.”
Services are offered for a wide range of problem areas including stress and anxiety, alcohol and drug issues, bereavement, depression, marital and family conflicts and financial difficulties. Trained professional counselors can provide individual and family assessment and can make referrals if necessary. The service is confidential.
Those seeking assistance can contact the Fishermen’s Association or the Aquaculture Alliance.