A new free counselling service is now available for fishers and their families facing difficult life circumstances.
The Fisher Assistance program is available to members of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association and the P.E.I. Aquaculture Alliance.
Those seeking assistance can contact the Fishermen’s Association or the Aquaculture Alliance.
Financial support for the service is provided by the department of fisheries and communities.
Services are offered for issues 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.
“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.”