Media invited to pursue stories about the Winnipeg project: two years
CALGARY, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Many homeless people living with a mental
illness in Winnipeg now have a place to live as part of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada's (MHCC) national At Home/Chez Soi Project.
Two years after its official launch, there are currently over 170
participants receiving housing and access to specialized support
services within the Winnipeg project. Over 220 others have access to
the regular supports and services available in their community.
There are an estimated 2500 homeless people in Winnipeg, and many of
them live with a mental illness. The At Home/Chez Soi Project is taking
place to find out more about this social crisis and demonstrate ways to
help solve it, not only in Winnipeg but across the country. The project
is taking place in four other cities including Vancouver, Toronto,
Montreal and Moncton. What we learn in these five cities will help
inform related planning and policy development across Canada.
The demonstration project is using a Housing First approach, which means
providing people with housing, along with support services tailored to
meet their needs. Each city is also exploring specific issues related
to sub-populations. In Winnipeg, the Aboriginal population is a main
focus. The project is also exploring what happens when traditional
healing and spiritual approaches are used.
Media are invited to explore stories including:
Some of the early findings such as population demographics
Personal stories from participants and project team members (e.g.
creative means of communication with participants, a service team
member who spends a lot of time interacting with participants wherever
they hang out.)
Some of the strong and crucial partnerships established with local
organizations including the University of Winnipeg, University of
Manitoba and many community service providers.
The Lived Experience Circle, a project advisory group rooted in strong
Aboriginal principles and traditions
Focusing the Frame, a pilot photography project that allows participants
to express themselves and learn new skills (Public showing planned for
An upcoming three day workshop by Eduardo Duran, a psychologist from New
Mexico who will hold a unique workshop for the project team, about
trauma and its effects (November 15, 16, 17).
For more on the At Home/Chez Soi Project please visit: www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for transformative
change. Our mission is to work with stakeholders to change the
attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve
services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental
health problems lead meaningful and productive lives. The Mental Health
Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada. For more information
about the MHCC please visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada. Production of this document is made
possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.
SOURCE Mental Health Commission of Canada
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