If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call:

  • 888-617-7715
  • 877-435-7170 (Manitoba Suicide Line)

Women holding quote from Health CanadaYour mental health and emotional well-being is an ever-changing part of who you are. By being self-aware, you are able to take positive steps towards mental health and wellness when the balance between health and illness is disrupted. Positive mental health, feeling well, functioning well and being resilient in the face of life’s challenges improves quality of life and is an important part of your overall health and well-being. Even when there are ongoing limitations caused by mental health problems and illnesses.

Mental Health Access

If you are living with mental illness, know that you can experience recovery and hope. Among many supports, Community Mental Health services will assess, provide counselling, education and referral services to adults, children, seniors and young adolescents. Following an assessment, psychiatry and psychology consultations are available when necessary, with services provided in many communities in Southern Health-Santé Sud. To access Community Mental Health services, call 888-310-4593.

Mental Health Crisis

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis: you are not alone and we can help. It starts with a call to Crisis Services at 888-617-7715 or attend your local emergency department for immediate assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I seek help about a mental health concern?

If you or someone you care about have concerns about mental health, call Mental Health Access at 888-310-4593. You can self-refer or be referred by a family member, family doctor or school counsellor on your behalf.

Is there a cost to the service?

No. Community Mental Health services are provided through Southern Health-Santé Sud and are paid for by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living.

How long will it take to see a community mental health worker?

The Access operator will ask you some questions to decide how quickly you need to be seen. Mental health crisis or urgent concerns will be given priority. Depending on how serious, there may be a wait of a few weeks for your first appointment.

How often will I see a community mental health worker?

The frequency of the meetings is set between you and your community mental health worker who will determine your individual recovery plan.

Where will I meet with the community mental health worker?

The Access office will determine where you will meet in consultation with your community mental health worker.

What if I need to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

If necessary, a community mental health worker will assist you in arranging an appointment to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Psychiatrists and psychologists in the region are available to see children, youth, adults and older adults.

What happens when I see a community mental health worker?

At your first visit, you will be asked a variety of questions related to your mental health as well as details about your goals and expectations. You will be provided with recommendations to assist you with your recovery. You will work with your community mental health worker to decide whether or not you want to work on the recommended recovery plan.

What if I don’t want to see a community mental health worker in my community?

It may be your preference to see a community mental health worker in a neighboring community:

  • services will be provided if available in the alternate location
  • information will be provided so that you can work with your family doctor
  • information and resources to help you work with a community self-help or support group