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News Release - Manitoba

December 23, 2021

MANITOBANS ARE REMINDED OF IMPORTANT SUPPORTS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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Reach out to Family and Friends: Gordon and Cox

As another holiday season approaches in the midst of the pandemic, it is recognized that many Manitobans are struggling, Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery Minister Audrey Gordon and Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox minister responsible for the status of women, said today.

Mental health challenges can intensify around the holidays, particularly when individuals may be isolated from family and friends. Family violence often increases at stressful times and the Manitoba government is reminding Manitobans about resources available to help through challenging times..

“The holiday season can bring a range of emotions for many people in our communities,” said Gordon. “We are asking Manitobans to be extra mindful of the people in your lives who may be struggling right now. Please stay connected to family and friends, offer support, and if needed, help connect them to supports and services for help.”

For Manitobans who may be living in unsafe situations, trusted family members, friends and neighbours may be in a position to help.

“Individuals experiencing family violence have many emotional, mental, physical and spiritual needs. It is important for them to know that there is help and support available,” said Cox. “Family and friends who take the time to reach out and help to support their loved ones who are unsafe can make a significant difference and even save lives.”

The Manitoba government has resources and tools available to help create a safety plan, information about obtaining a protection order and where to go for immediate help. The Manitoba Family Violence Prevention Program offers a 24-hours crisis line. For information and support, call toll-free 1-877-977-0007 or text 204-792-5302 or 204-805-6682 or visit https://gov.mb.ca/msw/fvpp/index.html.                                                                     

The following provincial lines are available to anyone who is experiencing a mental health crisis or who needs information and support:

Klinic Crisis Line

  • 204-786-8686 or (toll-free) 1-888-322-3019
  • TTY: 204-784-4097

Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line

  • (toll-free) 1-877-435-7170 (1-877-HELP170)

Kids Help Phone (national line available to Manitoba Youth)

  • (toll-free)1-800-668-6868

Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line

  • 204-786-8631 or (toll-free) 1-888-292-7565
  • TTY: 204-784-4097

Manitoba Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services

  • online counselling at http://supportline.ca
  • (toll-free) 1-866-367-3276 (hours Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line

  • (toll-free) 1‑855‑242-3310
  • Counselling available in English and French, and upon request in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktut.

The Mental Health and Wellness Resource Finder also provides a number of mental health, wellness and addictions supports and resources for individuals. For more information visit, https://sharedhealthmb.ca/services/mental-health/mental-health-and-wellness-resource-finder/.

The Manitoba government website also has an expanded list of regional crisis lines.

Access to details on mental health and addictions services in Manitoba can be found at:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/mh/

 

 

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