Oct
7
2021

Mental Health supports highlighted during Mental Illness Awareness Week

This Mental Illness Awareness Week, Islanders experiencing mental health challenges are encouraged to seek help through various services and supports available across Prince Edward Island. 

Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 3 to 9, is an annual national public education campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. This year’s theme is There is no health without mental health.

“Our mental wellbeing is a critical part of our overall health and wellbeing, which is why we are working hard to ensure mental health care is effective, available, and timely across this province. Many Islanders struggle with unique mental health challenges, and there are supports available to meet their individual needs. With mental health programs and services available across PEI, it is important that Islanders know about the help that is offered and how to access them without barriers.” 

- Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson

Mental health services are available through Health PEI and community partners across the Island. Child and youth programming such as Strength, INSIGHT, Walk-in Clinics, Strongest Families, Student Well Being Teams, and Community Mental Health, all offer services to Islanders. Telehealth services (online, telephone and text) have helped reduce wait times and continue to be available to assist Islanders throughout the pandemic. Bridge the gApp acts as an online home where users can browse mental health and substance use resources and select what best meets their needs. Evidence-based programs can be accessed at: Bridge the gApp.

“It is so important for Islanders who are struggling with a mental health and addiction issues to reach out; do not struggle in silence as there is help available,” said Joanne Donahoe, Executive Director of Mental Health and Addictions for Health PEI. “It is also important to know you can live well with a mental health condition.  Share your experience with people you trust so that you can get the help that you need.  Reaching out for help can improve your quality of life and overall well-being.” 

“PEI is extremely fortunate to have an excellent group of highly trained mental health professionals working on the frontlines to assist Islanders with their mental wellbeing,” said Minister Hudson. “I want to thank those caring professionals for their unwavering dedication, compassion and support, making such a difference in Islanders’ lives each and every day.”

To learn more about existing supports and services visit the Health PEI website

Media contacts:
Samantha Hughes
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Health and Wellness
902-368-5610

Everton McLean
Senior Communications Officer
Health PEI
902-213-1507

Backgrounder 

Mental Health and Addictions Services are available in communities across the province.

You may refer yourself to some services by calling a community mental health or addictions office in your area (please note that some services may require a referral from a health care provider).  When you call, you will be asked questions to help figure out the best services to meet your needs.  This call may take 15 to 20 minutes and you will be asked for your PEI Health Card number.

You may also request a referral to our services from your primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner), other health care professionals or community agency familiar with your concerns.

Non- referral resources include:

  • Mental Health Walk-in Clinics; no appointment required; offer immediate support to help with anxiety, depression and other issues.
  • Bridge the gApp: free on-line resources and services.

Emergencies

  • For emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.

Telephone resources (24 hours/ seven days a week)

Additional community supports are also available through organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services and Family Services PEI. Strongest Families and ICAN, online parenting and adult program accessible through Bridge the gApp, provides online sessions for those dealing with issues such as children’s anxiety or adult high anxiety.

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca