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.