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Mental Health: Our Kids Need A Place To Play

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba latest campaign is to raise funds for the redevelopment of the indoor and outdoor play spaces for the Child & Adolescent Mental Health program. Imagine not having a safe space where you can exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and smell the fresh air when you are a patient with a mental health diagnosis. The new space, which will include a sports area and pergola for yoga, will create a healthy and safe indoor and outdoor play space so that patients will see a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress, teaching them coping tools for the future.

Between 500 and 600 children ages 10-17 are admitted to the 14-bed Child & Adolescent Mental Health inpatient unit every year. The unit serves youth with a range of acute mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and suicide attempts or ideation. The care is evidence-based and provided by an inter-professional team of health care providers through a family-focused lens. Please donate now towards this initiative to help our children.

Current view of the indoor and outdoor play spaces:

“Play is essential to give our children all the opportunities to laugh and grow.”

To support the transformation for our mental health patients, please donate today.