Coming up to World Mental Health Day, it’s easy to say we’re all managing or doing fine, but the reality is that all of our lives have been considerably changed by COVID-19. The challenges we face weigh on our mental health and many don’t get the assistance or support they need to overcome these situations.
In 2020, 52% of Canadians reported a decrease in their mental health since socially distancing began and in 2018, 85% of Canadians felt that mental health services were the most underfunded in our health-care system.
With so many needing help now, and a prediction that the need for mental-health support will increase over the next few years, the goal for World Mental Health Day 2020 is increasing our investment in mental health.
You can help! Check out these awesome charities on #BrokersOfGood, who use their outreach and in-house programming to help those affected by mental health issues in their local communities.
Vancouver Women’s Health Collective
The Vancouver Women’s Health Collective helps self-identified women foster health, wellness and equity through feminist approaches to advocacy, shared knowledge and low-barrier programs and services. They focus on all forms of health and offer counselling services to help women through a broad range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic, grief and loss and stress management.
Horizons for Youth
Horizons for Youth is a Toronto shelter for at-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 years old. The organization’s Mental Health & Wellness Program gives their residents access to high-quality services including individual counselling, wellness workshops, psychiatric services and community referrals.
Last Door provides residential addiction treatment services in New Westminster for individuals and families impacted by addiction. They help create therapeutic environments where individuals and families experiencing addiction can gain support and guidance to restore themselves to mental, spiritual, physical and emotional health.
Cool Aid Society REES Program
Cool Aid’s mission is to end homelessness in Victoria by providing supportive housing, emergency shelter, integrated health care, meals, employment and other support services. Their REES Program uses a co-operative, recovery-based approach to help reduce isolation from community, friends and family that is often a result of mental illness and addictions.
Sistering is a dynamic trans-inclusive, women’s 24/7 Drop In located in Toronto and offers practical and emotional support through programs that enable participants to take greater control over their lives. Through their Harm Reduction Program, Sistering employs Peer Harm Reduction Workers who have lived experience with drug use. They help to create and distribute harm-reduction kits and education materials as well as deliver programs at the 24/7 Drop In.
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