Call. Talk. Connect. 

This mental health support awareness campaign, featuring people with lived-experience and YSSN staff, aims to raise awareness around local supports available to people in crisis or who need help connecting to mental health and addictions services. 

Each week we will feature a new anonymous story, images, and how you can connect and donate to these local supports.


Get help right away

~a YSSN client

My story

I witnessed violence growing up for twenty years. It led, as a young adult, to crippling anxiety and depression. My family suffered greatly emotionally and financially. 

What I would tell others facing mental health challenges

Don’t feel ashamed.
Anxiety is like a shark on the end of a toy fishing rod. I know tons of ways to cope. 
Don’t let it define you. You are safe now; often it’s from past trauma. 
You need to heal. 
Get lots of hope and help. 
Get help right away. 
There is no shame in taking your medication; it gave me my life back.

My experience with YSSN programs and services 

I would highly recommend your organization and services.  All of your staff are so warm, inspirational, comforting and empowering.

310-COPE has been a Godsend. Your staff is so compassionate and supportive.

I have taken your WRAP® class; it was excellent. I have also participated in other peer events.  

Now I'm able to give back

I helped update the York Region on a Limited Budget resource guide. This is a 
life changing guide. Through volunteering; I’ve met such lovely staff. They really value, embrace and respect you. 

 


Reach out. There are people that want to help us.

~a YSSN client

My story

It is difficult for me to share the details of my lived experiences, but one thing that has not been broken is my compassion for us all. When I was invited to participate in the shoot the words that I wanted to share were these. People have helped me, thank you people.

What I would tell others facing mental health challenges

My advice to others would be to reach out. There are people that want to help us.

My experience with YSSN programs and services and other community organizations

There are people out there that can help us. I have received help from York Support Services Network (YSSN), Addiction Services York Region, Crosslinks, Canadian Mental Health Association, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Salvation Army, Food Pantry, my family doctor and psychiatrist, as well as, others.

Three times in my life I have had to reach out for help. Each time I started by talking with my doctor and was referred to people who could help me.

My recent experience with YSSN saved my life. Not from suicide or exposure--from Murder! My case manager knew my life situation intimately enough to give me the right advice at the right time. I am alive. Thank you YSSN. 

Now I'm able to give back

I have been invited to be a member of the Up Hub Steering Committee and Heart of the Matter Support Group.

 


From hopelessness to where I am today

~a YSSN client
 

My story

I was in bad shape–drug and alcohol addictions, full of fear and seriously depressed–suicidal thoughts, homeless, no friends, feeling totally hopeless. 

Then I met someone who connected me to York Support Services Network (YSSN). I called and was able to get a case manager.

What I would tell others facing mental health challenges

YSSN helped me go from hopelessness to where I am today which is no comparison–I’ve never been happier in my life than I am today! 

All the agencies and services I was involved with helped me discover who I am and my true potential.  

I went from hating myself and the world to liking myself and being proud of what I have accomplished.  I now feel I belong in this world as a productive member of society.   

My experience with YSSN programs and services

The YSSN case managers I have been assigned to have helped me in the following ways:

Now I'm able to give back

Because of this support I have been able to do facilitation in substance abuse programs NA, AA, and am involved in YSSN’s Up Hub initiative, as well as, the Heart of the Matter Peer Support Group.

 


Connecting to Services

If you are 16 years of age and older, are struggling with a mental health need and/or addiction, or have a dual diagnosis (mental illness and developmental disability), we can help.

We offer individualized support through our case management, crisis response, and peer support services and can help you connect to community services.  

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Getting Help 

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Eligibility and Applying for Services

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Mental Health
Services and Supports 

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Contact Us

 

 


I want to support this campaign!

You can help people facing mental health challenges learn about and get access to more local supports and services by sharing these stories via social media.  You can also help us provide more programs and services to help those in need by making a financial contribution. Please click on the Donate Now button below to support our clients and this important campaign.  

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