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Community Mental Health Offering Coffee Chats

The Interlake-Eastern suicide prevention committee is inviting residents in select communities to join them for a cup of coffee in recognition of mental health awareness week, May 4 to 11. The theme this year is Let’s talk mental health – make it your business.

 

“We’ve partnered with businesses in communities that don’t have a local community health office to provide residents with an opportunity to come have a coffee with us and talk. We’ll have information available on how to help someone who is struggling and what mental health services are available,” said Laura Tanguay, clinical team manager with Interlake-Eastern RHA’s community mental health program. 

 

Mental health workers, wellness facilitators and volunteers from the Interlake-Eastern suicide prevention committee will be in the following communities on the days and times indicated:

 
Oak Point – Hwy 6 Hotel   May 4   9 a.m. -11 a.m.
 Bisset – Wynne’s Place  May 4   10 a.m. - Noon
 Lockport – Ricky’s All Day Grill  May 5  Noon-2 p.m.
 Anola – Lake Trail Family Restaurant   May 6   9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Grand Marais – Wellness Centre  May 6   1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 Garson – Harvest Moon Café  May 6   2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 Prawda - Prawda Shell  May 8  10 a.m. - Noon

                                                     

“This is our first time offering Coffee on Us,” Tanguay said. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to reach some of the people we don’t typically reach at wellness events, such as older men and people involved in trades. Mental health is an often overlooked part of whole health and many people aren’t aware of the supports available to help.”

 

Tanguay identified that Statistics Canada reports men 65-and-older have high rates of suicide, consistently approaching or surpassing the rate of 20 per 100, 000.

 

“At these events we will also talk about how to support someone who may be struggling. It can make a difference to a friend or family member and it all helps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues,” Tanguay said.

 

Residents in Interlake-Eastern RHA that require an urgent response and mental health assessment can call the 24 Hour Crisis Line at 1.866.427.8628 or mobile crisis services at 1.877.499.8770.  For non-urgent referrals to the community mental health program, residents can call 1.866.757.6205 to access mental health services.

 

Interlake-Eastern suicide prevention committee is composed of representatives from Interlake-Eastern RHA and other community based organizations and agencies.

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