Support the Blue Love Campaign for Mental Health
Double Your Impact with a Dollar for Dollar Match from Peninsula Co-op
With the one year anniversary of COVID-19 upon us, many adults, youth and children are suffering with anxiety, stress, fear, isolation and depression. Half of Canadians report worsening mental health due to the pandemic.
- COVID-19 has increased the demand for mental health services on southern Vancouver Island by up to 50%.
- In some cases, the need for counselling services has doubled, outreach services are up by 35%, and peer support is up 10%.
As we continue to live through the pandemic, the demand for services will only grow. Anticipating this emerging need, United Way’s BLUE LOVE CAMPAIGN is focused on supporting individuals struggling with their mental health so that they can get help when and where they need it most. BLUE LOVE will also help reduce stressed and overworked frontline agencies in the charitable mental health sector.
Our goal is to raise $1 Million by the end of December 2021 to fund counselling, peer support and outreach services across southern Vancouver Island as well as to raise awareness of mental health.
Funds raised from the campaign will benefit mental health community partners such as:
- Connections Place
- Family Services of Greater Victoria
- Hulitan Family Services
- Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre
- Mental Health Recovery Partners
- NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support
- Pacific Centre Family Services
- South Island Centre for Counselling & Training
- Sooke Family Resource Society
- Vancouver Island Men’s Therapy Centre
- Esquimalt Neighbourhood House
- Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees
If we reach our goal of $1 Million, here’s the difference you can be part of:
The mental health charitable sector could hire up 15 outreach/peer support workers or counsellors to provide help to approximately 9,000 to 15,000 adults, families, children or youth facing mental health challenges. This would equal over 16,000 hours of counselling.
With a lead gift of $100,000 from our Presenting Partner Peninsula Co-op, UWSVI is pleased to announce that Co-op will match every dollar raised up to $100K. That means that you can double your impact!
Join us to help heal hearts and minds. GIVE today.
The Blue Love Campaign was inspired by a three year old’s blue painted heart created for Bell Let’s Talk Day. It was shared on social media and a comment was made by an individual struggling with mental health challenges: “Not all hearts are red. Some are black and blue, but are made better because of people like YOU.” And so the Blue Love Campaign began…
If you are a corporation looking to give back to your community and want to help impact of lives of those struggling with mental health challenges, please consider joining our Blue Love Club Matching Program. For more information, please contact Heather Skydt, Director of Communications and Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 984-2269.