Mental Health

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

United Way invests in prevention and early intervention programs which provide a wide range of community-based services that help improve social support, self-regulation of emotion and coping skills, as well as increase access to help & support. With your support, we can build positive mental health, and help our community thrive personally and professionally.