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Mental Health

Maintaining positive mental health is essential for overall well-being at all stages of life. And when life feels heavy for members of our community, help is readily available thanks to your support. Your generosity sustains a network of frontline services, ensuring that people have access to quick and affordable mental health, substance use, and crisis care when they need it most.

Mental Health

Why We Need You

The ongoing mental health crisis has various aspects, and one aspect that is often overlooked is how mental health issues can act as a barrier to finding employment. Research shows that many individuals with serious mental illnesses desire to work, but they face challenges in finding suitable employment due to stigma and discrimination. Even when they do find work, it may not align with their goals or abilities. The lack of meaningful employment often worsens mental health conditions and has significant economic consequences for individuals, families, and the community. By coming together, we can support those facing mental health challenges and help them reach their full potential.

Unemployment rates among people living with mental health problems are incredibly high (70 to 90%), even among people who want to work.

How

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Number of people helped
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Building on last year’s overwhelming support of our Founding Circle donors, we are excited to announce the 2024 Local Love Community Match. This is YOUR unique opportunity to join a generous group, helping to build this year’s Campaign Match. Reach out to learn how YOU can inspire positive change for the community! 

$100

Provides two counselling sessions for a person experiencing mental health distress, such as anxiety, grief, marital problems, or trauma.

$365

Provides a full course of financial wellness and mental health counselling for an individual facing high financial stress.

Allows for the timely screening and assessment of eight children and youth to access counselling and treatment related to substance use and mental health.

Changing lives. Together.

These are challenging times, but together, we are ensuring that those in need have access to the help they deserve today, while building a better tomorrow – for everyone.

“Losing my house and my kids was probably the hardest thing. I lost everything. Following an arrest, I realized I was an addict and needed help. At the time, every...
“I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety at about nine or 10 years old. From my family’s perspective, it came out of left field. I was a...
“2020 was a stressful and disorienting year. I lost my wife to cancer in January. Then the pandemic shut down my practice as a naturopathic doctor and I was left...
“Growing up was tough—I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a kid. By the time I was a teenager, most days I just wanted to sleep all day, rather...
“Before I moved to the city, I mostly hung out in strip clubs, bars and pool halls. I got involved with drugs and just went wild. When I moved here,...
Jerilyn and many of her colleagues know what adversity feels like firsthand—and that’s what keeps them working to help others....

Are you or someone you know needing support?

Reach out by dialing 211—a free, confidential, 24/7 service available nationwide in Canada. Accessible in over 150 languages via phone, web, and text, 211 connects individuals to the appropriate information and services. Every day, this helpline offers a lifeline to care and resources for those in vulnerable circumstances, including seniors, newcomers, Indigenous communities, and beyond.