United Way and the Bay Centre are teaming up to bring awareness to the importance of taking care of your own mental health as we re-start our entry back into the community and pre-COVID activities.
We hope you take a moment to immerse yourself the floral canopy at the Bay Centre and stroll through the blooming archway, take a photo as a reminder that beauty, love and support are all around you.
If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, fear, isolation or depression? Or know someone that is? You aren’t alone.
The need for mental health support is greater than ever before. Call or text 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca to get connected to the resources you need close to your home.
Want to pay-it-forward with a Random Act of Comfort to help a fellow community member struggling with their mental health? Please consider the gift of counselling through United Way Greater Victoria’s Blue Love Campaign for Mental Health.
Here we are in year two of COVID-19 and almost half of Vancouver Islanders report worsening mental health due to the pandemic. These are our family members, friends, coworkers and neighbours.
COVID-19 has increased the demand on mental health services by up to 50% on Vancouver Island. The need for counselling, outreach and peer support services will continue to grow as we live through the pandemic and its aftermath.
United Way’s Blue Love Campaign for Mental Health will help fill those gaps in services. The goal is to raise $1 Million by the end of December 2021 to fund counselling, peer support and outreach services on Vancouver Island as well as to raise awareness of mental health, and reduce stigma.
Help heal hearts and minds.
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…