Breakfast focused on youth mental health, campaign progress

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$7.5 million raised by generous Winnipeggers so far, over $20 million needed

On Friday 200  Winnipeggers gathered at Robert A. Steen Community Centre for breakfast and to learn more about the importance of connecting Winnipeg youth with mental health supports – one of four community priorities in United Way’s Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan.

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The plan, created in consultation with Winnipeggers, commits to continuing to support all the programs and services made possible through United Way, while going further over the next three years to help an additional 11,000 kids and families get help in the areas of youth mentorship, mental health supports for young people, job skills and money management training, and help for families at neighbourhood family centres.

Griffin Jenkins, director of education and youth programming at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, and Alex Moore, a youth who has participated in the Rock Camp for kids dealing with mood disorders, played some musical numbers for guests. Griffin, 19, also shared his journey through mental illness as a youth.

Griffin Jenkins, on guitar, director of education and youth programming at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, and Alex Moore, a youth who has participated in the Association’s Rock Camp for kids dealing with mood disorders, played some musical numbers for guests. Griffin, 19, also shared his journey through mental illness as a youth.

Campaign Chair Neil Besner shared progress in the campaign thus far, and gave an important reminder.

“I’m pleased to share that Winnipeggers have already generated $7.5 million – a good start, but remember we still have a long way to go,” said Neil.

“To achieve our goals, we’ll need to grow our campaign by 15 per cent over the next three years.

Last year, we raised more than $20 million. That means we need to raise that much this year just to maintain the amount of help we already help make possible.

We must start this year – right now in fact! We know how many more kids and families we want to support over the next three years, and we also know there are kids and families that need help right now as we speak.”

Neil Besner announced the United Way campaign progress, and asked everyone to give more, and work hard to raise more so over 11,000 more Winnipeggers can get help.

Neil Besner announced the United Way campaign progress, and asked everyone to give more, and work hard to raise more so over 11,000 more Winnipeggers can get help.

“I’m asking each and every one of you here, if you’ve never given before, make this the time you start. If you already give – thank you – please consider giving even a little bit more. And let’s all encourage those we know to join us in getting involved also.

There’s room for all of us in this. It doesn’t matter how big or small your gift is. EVERY gift – every dollar – you give will help change someone’s life.”

You can help change a life today – make a gift at UnitedWayWinnipeg.ca/give-now or call 204-477-UWAY (8929)