Support the Blue Love Campaign for Mental Health
As a result of the pandemic, 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 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 31 critical mental health programs and services delivered by our Blue Love community partners including:
- Connections Place
- Esquimalt Neighbourhood House
- 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
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.