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Community Initiatives

Recovery

In collaboration with Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors and the provincial Recovery Champions Committee, system transformation within mental health services has been made a priority.  Research has shown that when recovery-oriented systems and services are offered to people with lived experience of mental health problems and illness, it leads to better health, social and employment outcomes, including reduced hospitalization and emergency visits, and increased likelihood of successful goal achievement related to employment and housing. People with lived experience, family and staff also show greater levels of satisfaction in recovery-oriented mental health systems (Manitoba Health, 2015). 

In response to this and in order to address this priority within our region, the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority has developed a regional Recovery Champions Committee. Under the leadership of the regional health authority, this newly created committee has approximately 10 active members with 50% of its membership being people with lived experience and or family members/natural supports. The remaining 50% of active membership are staff and partners of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority Mental Health Program. 

The purpose of the regional Recovery Champions Committee is to provide a forum for Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority mental health services and community stakeholders, including people with lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses; and their family members or natural supports, to collaboratively plan, recommend, develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate actions of the regional mental health system through a recovery-oriented lens. 

This group of people is a motivated and spirited committee that is dedicated to providing leadership and championing of recovery-based principles and practices to further assist in influencing and achieving system transformation of the region’s mental health system.

Click here to read Manitoba's Mental Health Strategic Plan, Rising to the Challenge.

Recovery Champions 

From left to right: Cindy Cannell, Kate Geiger, Judy Dunn, Jill Hodgson-McConnell (Chair), Cara Cayer, Marie Cayer, Jim Sykes, Ken Reddig (Co-Chair), Sherry MacVicar. Missing: Bev Trachuk.

Interlake Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee

The Interlake Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee is comprised of community members and community agencies/ organizations. The mission of the committee is to support initiatives that are designed to prevent the occurrence of suicide by promoting mental well-being and encouraging help-seeking behaviour through awareness and educational activities. Each year, the committee supports mental well-being initiatives with some of the projects including:

The Language of Suicide Video​​​​ 

 

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