Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.) Inc. runs a mental health promotion program for newcomer refugee youth and children to address the trauma they experienced prior to arrival in Canada.
As many refugee children and youth have arrived recently in Winnipeg from the war zones of Ukraine and Afghanistan, it is urgent to bring them under the coverage of N.E.E.D.S. Inc.'s mental health programming. To meet the increased demand for psychosocial programming, N.E.E.D.S. Inc. will use the $25,000 from the challenge to hire an additional part-time psychosocial educator to expand its offerings and accommodate the newly arrived refugee children and youth to support their healthy resettlement and integration into the community.
Read more about N.E.E.D.S. Inc. and their valuable work to support the community here.
About the challenge
With a focus on improving the health and well-being of all Manitobans, we launched the Colour of Caring Healthy CommUnity Challenge – awarding $25,000 to help bring to life a creative idea to support the mental health of Manitobans! Inspired by our efforts to give back to the province we are proud to call home, we aimed to help encourage others to support their local community and strive to make positive change.
We asked Manitobans to submit an innovative idea to support the mental health of their neighbours, community and province. Our Manitoba Blue Cross judges selected the top contest entries, and now Manitobans have chosen their favourite idea.