Too many people in our community struggle with mental health issues.
Mental health, poverty and overall well-being are connected. People who struggle with mental illness are more likely to have chronic illnesses, and mental illness can impact a person’s ability to pursue education or find employment. Good mental health helps us enjoy our life and the people in it.
But there are issues that stand in the way of our community experiencing positive mental health:
- 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness
- 8 in 10 Guelph Wellington teens say they’re struggling with mental health
- 1 in 4 people in Guelph Wellington feel too stressed on a daily basis
- Mental Health is a leading disability in Canada
- Death by suicide in Guelph is 2.5 X the national average
Together, we can do something about this.
United Way is working with community partners in order to:
Link people to help, when they need it, so there’s always someone to talk to
Build people up and let them know it’s worth not giving up
Help people develop individual coping skills to assist them in the face of adversity
Expand support networks to let people know they’re not alone and have someone to count on