#GetReal about Mental Health
(Opioid data from: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/substance-use/interactive-opioid-tool)
Over the last few days, myself, other candidates for the municipal election, and our local representatives in Guelph and the surrounding area have received numerous emails raising awareness about mental health in our community
I’m very glad to see this issue being brought to attention by The Grove and the Canadian Mental Health Association. From day one, I’ve had Mental Health and Drug addiction highlighted on my plan.
Over the past decade, opioid related visits to emergency rooms have increased dramatically, and sadly, deaths have increased as well.
We as a community must #GetReal about mental health and addiction. To find out more about the campaign visit, https://getrealguelph.ca/.
Over the last year we experienced eight opioid deaths a day in Ontario, and in Guelph twelve people have lost their lives this year. We must focus our efforts on addressing this epidemic now.
I’ve been engaging with community leaders to find solutions, and if you have insights to share please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.
If you are struggling, know that you are not alone and our community supports you. Should you, or somebody you know need help, refer to the following resources:
Wellness Together Canada: 1-866-585-0445 or adults text WELLNESS to 741741, youth text WELLNESS 686868
Talk Suicide: 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
Boots on the Ground: 1-833-677-2668 – This is a peer support hotline that provides anonymous services for for first responders.
Here 24/7 Hotline: 1-844-437-3247 Waterloo Wellington Mental Health Supports
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 (available 24/7) Or text: 45645 (available 4pm – 12am. Standard text messaging rates apply).