Mental health needs continue to rise; whether friends, family, co-workers, or ourselves, everyone is touched by these difficulties in some way. The holiday season can make issues around mental health even more prevalent, amplifying already fragile situations and putting further pressure on already waning resources. Children in difficult home-life situations feel the difference of what they have vs. societal expectations and may not get to participate in the season in ways we may take for granted. Seniors feel even more isolated if they have little or no family around – an issue we are seeing grow due to the aging population in our region. Youth suicide has been on the rise and with resources thinning for schools and parents in helpless situations, it’s hard to know what the next step is to provide the right support to this age group. Drug and alcohol addiction continues to be prevalent, rising and changing as new substances become accessible. Substance abuse often begins with particularly stressful life circumstances, lack of diagnosis, or available resources to help people endure. And then there is poverty, often a significant result of someone not getting the resources they need to live an independent life as a result of mental health issues.
“Please help us light the Tree of Lights and bring the light of hope to many in our community. We truly want to provide people with this vital support so they can thrive rather than just survive.”
United Way of Northern BC will be collecting donations toward this campaign until December 22, 2019, when they will have a Final Light Up event from 3-5 pm at the Coast Prince George Hotel by APA. Come to the event to hear the final total raised, enjoy some treats and Christmas carols by Cantata Choir, and see Santa before he heads off to the North Pole!
Donations can be made at the United Way of Northern BC office on the 5th floor of the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, at the Front Desk at The Coast Prince George Hotel by APA, or online at www.unitedwaynbc.ca/uwtreeoflights/.
To find out more information, to become a sponsor, or to donate to this initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-561-1040. Follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @uwtreeoflights.