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Demand for Mental Health Support Climbing, Some Organizations Unable to Keep Up

Mental health support demand has recently skyrocketed, leaving some people phoning a crisis line with no one free to take their call.

Klinic Community Health said they are seeing a significant increase in the need for mental health crisis support.

“We know that Manitobans are struggling and the increase in calls are related to lots of people experiencing things like anxiety, depression, and relationship issues,” said Sophia Ali, Klinic’s director of Mental Health and Crisis Services.

“I feel like this is a time when folks are just looking for something to do,” said Marissa Hoff, the director of the Art Program. “It is the change of the seasons which is always a little hard on folks. With this influx of snow we have. But definitely, our space is full of folks that are looking to create art, create community together.”

The executive director of the Mood Disorder Association of Manitoba (MDAM), Rita Chahal, says they are planning for in-person programs.

“We are going to listen to the community,” Chahal said. “We are going to see what the community is asking for and adapting our programs.”

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