Promoting positive youth mental health in Winnipeg
Let’s make sure young people have support when they face mood disorders, addiction or psychiatric illness.
Only 1 in 5 kids who need mental health care receives it. Consequently, suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth. Stigma around getting help and a lack of services mean Winnipeg children are suffering. And untreated mental illness can lead to a lifetime of struggles, including addiction.
How are we helping Winnipeg kids with mental health challenges?
Meeting other teens who share the same struggles lets youth know they’re not alone. Peer support in person and over the phone and summer camps help youth share experiences and develop life skills while building a community of peers.
When we remove the stigma around asking for help, kids reach out for help sooner. School-based programs educate youth on mental health & mental illnesses, breaking down stigma, and encouraging kids to seek help if they need it.
Dealing with trauma helps youth gain positive coping skills and process the past. Counselling & supports for youth who’ve experienced sexual assault, abuse, or are pregnant help them work towards a bright future.
From culturally appropriate mental health programs for Indigenous youth, to a welcome refuge for LGBTQ2S+ youth, to mental health care for homeless youth, inclusion is an important factor in mental wellbeing.
What we’re doing to support mental wellness in Winnipeg
These agencies receive stable & program funding thanks to your donations. They’re there when youth are struggling with mood disorders and trauma, when they feel disconnected, when they don’t know how to make it through the day. You can help by giving to United Way Winnipeg’s community fund to support this important work.