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Community Mental Health offering Coffee Chats during Mental Health Awareness Week May 1-7, 2017

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 1 to 7.  The theme is “Let’s talk mental health – make it your business.”

“We’ve partnered up with multiple businesses, community, education and resource centres to provide residents 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.  Mental health is an often overlooked part of whole health and many people aren’t aware of the supports available to help,” said Laura Tanguay, clinical team manager with the 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 dates and times listed below:

Roxi’s Uptown Café, Selkirk, Tuesday, May 2nd, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Smitty's, Selkirk, Thursday, May 4th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
The Peppercorn Restaurant, Oakbank, Friday, May 5th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Flatlanders Coffee Roasters, Gimli, Wednesday, May 3rd, 10:00 am – noon
Riverton Senior’s Lodge, Riverton, Tuesday May 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Interlake Café, Fisher Branch, Friday May 5th, 10:00 am – noon
The Birchwood Hotel, Traverse Bay, Friday May 5th, 10:00 am –noon
Just My Kind of Bakery, Ashern, Thursday May 4th, 9:00 am – noon
Reynolds Business Centre, Tuesday, May 2nd, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Happy Hours Seniors, Whitemouth, Tuesday May 2nd, 9:30 – 11:30 am                                                                    
Springfield Library, Dugald, Wednesday, May 3rd, 12 – 4:00 pm
Tim Horton’s, Sagkeeng, Monday, May 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Abundant Life Chapel, Lac du Bonnet, Tuesday, May 2nd, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Lord Selkirk Education Centre, Selkirk, Wednesday, May 3rd, - morning and afternoon sessions
Network4Change, Beausejour, Thursday May 4th, - 10:00 am – noon
Mrs. Lucci's Resource Centre, Lac du Bonnet, Tuesday, May 2nd, 1:30 – 3:30pm

“This is our third time offering the “Coffee on Us” event,” Tanguay said. “This year we are excited to include three youth and one faith based venue.  One of the youth based venues is at the Lord Selkirk Education Centre and the other two will be held in alternate classrooms at Mrs. Lucci’s and Network4Change - which is great to see. ”

“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.

For more information, tools that can support you in the first steps to seeking services and mental health resources, please visit www.ierha.ca and click on Care in Your Community, Services in Community and Mental Health.

Interlake Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee is made up of representatives from the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, community organizations, and community members. Their mission 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.

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