“When I was nine or 10, I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Growing up, I was in the gifted program at school, but I got into shouting matches with my teachers. I pretty much stopped going to school in Grade 10 and the OCD made it difficult for me to keep a job and get along with my family. I felt like no one was listening to me. By the time I was 18, it was way too much for me. I had no money. I had no education. I ended up leaving home. Eventually, a social worker at a United Way program helped me get provincial disability support and access a range of services that made me feel more hopeful about my future.”
1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness at some point in their life. In our region, that’s almost 100,000 of us. Some groups are more affected than others, including newcomers and youth.
United Way invests in programs that provide early intervention, increasing the odds that concerns won’t escalate. Because getting help in time is critical for coping with a crisis, several United Way-funded mental health partners streamlined their intake process. The result: Wait times for subsidized counselling were reduced by 14 days.
– $52 ensures that 10 individuals get timely information and support from the CMHA Support Line
– $365 gives a family access to the Focused Family Therapy program where they typically receive 8-14 counselling sessions
– $1,200 funds 12 hours of professional, therapeutic counselling for a person working through a mental health issue like anxiety, trauma, depression or interpersonal conflict