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Mental health & addiction

The strength of our community is in the well-being of the people who live here. You can build brighter futures by supporting high-quality care that puts children, youth, and families first.

Mental Health & addiction

The strength of our community is in the well-being of the people who live here. You can build brighter futures by supporting high-quality care that puts children, youth, and families first.

1 in 5 Canadians experienced mental illness before the pandemic hit. Today, it’s 1 in 4.

Maybe it’s your sibling, co-worker, or friend. Chances are high someone you care about is struggling with their mental health right now. 

Mental health is complex, impacting all aspects of life. It can compromise our ability to work, live independently, and handle challenges. And, without timely, appropriate support, it can put us or the people we love at greater risk of harm.

Nobody should struggle alone. You can make sure help is always there.

The reality in Winnipeg

87%

Drug overdose deaths in Winnipeg increased by 87% in 2020

Up to 70%

of problems Manitobans are bringing to their doctor have a mental health component

1,162

kids in Manitoba were hospitalized for mental health in 2020

How we’re transforming lives

Understanding where to go and how to get help can add another layer of stress. That’s why our donors support a network of agencies making sure mental health and addiction services are always accessible.

Together, we can make sure Winnipeggers can find help and begin to heal. From the 24/7 support of our 211 helpline to removing barriers to counselling, we’re helping our neighbours navigate the resources they most need through a variety of pathways:

Huddle youth hubs

Asking for help can be hard. Getting help should be easy.

Across the province, Huddle is a one-stop shop where young Manitobans can find mental health and addiction services, primary health care, peer support, and social services all under one roof.

Peer support

When teens connect with peers who share the same struggles, they discover they’re not alone.

At summer camps and in one-on-one sessions, our donors are helping young Winnipeggers build life-saving connections, break down stigma, and develop life skills to grow into their full potential.

School-based literacy

By removing the stigma around asking for help, kids reach out sooner.

School-based programs teach youth about mental health, coping strategies, and how to find help. By promoting positive emotional development in childhood, kids are laying a solid foundation for adulthood.

Counselling

Mental health stigma can keep people from getting the support they need.

When someone is ready to take that step, our donors make sure a safe, caring professional is there to listen and provide guidance for coping with trauma, mental illness, and daily life challenges.

Help for addiction

Addiction and mental illness can go hand-in-hand.

From family resource centres to mobile outreach services, our network of community organizations is there to help people on the road to recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

Inclusive approaches

Essential services should be places of safety, kindness, and inclusion. 

From culturally appropriate mental health services for Indigenous Winnipeggers to creating welcoming places of refuge for 2SLGBTQ+ youth, our donors make sure everyone can get the help they need.

Latest news on mental health & addiction

  1. Desiree wears a black blazer and beautiful beaded earrings, while standing next to a blossoming cherry tree, with a painted sign for Eagle's Nest behind her.
  2. Phil stands proudly in the lobby at Acorn Family Place, wearing a grey hoodie that says "fatherhood is sacred."
  3. Cheryl smiles brightly in the lobby of United Way Winnipeg, surrounded by lush plants.

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