Help Make Mental Health #UNIGNORABLE

Good mental health helps us enjoy our life and the people in it. Individuals struggling with mental health issues can experience fear, rejection, and stigma that severely impacts their quality of life. Many have even been denied adequate housing, loans, health insurance, and jobs. So many of us struggle with our mental health but it can be hard to talk about it with family, friends, or coworkers. Too often stigma gets in the way of asking for help.

Circumstances

In addition, social isolation, poverty, and a shortage of accessible services can make it difficult for people to seek the mental health supports they need. For kids, positive emotional development in childhood is crucial to laying a good foundation for mental health and emotional stability as an adult.

Programs and supports

Mental health is one of our critical community needs. While Island Health and first responders provide urgent medical responses to mental health issues, United Way works with partner agencies on community-based initiatives focused on mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention. Together, we are creating a more inclusive community and ensuring those impacted by mental health issues can easily access the services they need before the issues become deep-rooted.

1 in 4

People on Vancouver Island have mental health challenges, whether it be depression or anxiety disorders that compromise their lifestyles and their well-being.

1 of 3

Victoria was one of the three cities in BC which experienced the highest number of suicides in 2016.

84,000

BC children and youth aged 4-17 are experiencing clinically significant mental disorders at any given time and just one-third are estimated to be receiving specialized mental health services.

Help solve this issue.

There are so many ways you can do local good in your community—right here, right now. Even the smallest actions have the power to change someone’s life. Doing local good is all about helping people who might be struggling. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, or a coordinated effort to raise money for good at your workplace. By taking action, you’re helping put an end to some of the biggest issues in Greater Victoria —including mental illness, domestic violence, and poverty. You’re showing your belief that everyone deserves to live a great life in a great place. You are a champion for your community.

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