Promoting healing, resilience and recovery for individuals living with mental health issues

In a community where everyone matters, we help our friends and neighbours deal with mental health issues with compassion and respect. At United Way, we believe that prevention and support for a wide range of mental health issues are important investments for a strong and resilient community.

Why focus on mental health?

1 in 5

Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life.

25 years

Adults with severe mental health problems and illnesses die up to 25 years sooner than adults in the general population.

$6 billion

In lost productivity costs due to absenteeism.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth.


Of London’s children under the age of 15 have a disability.

An example of how we respond to the issue

Last year, almost 7,000 people accessed United Way funded individual counselling or group workshops to help address issues related to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide and other significant mental health concerns. The local crisis line funded by United Way received an additional 16,000 calls.

6,037 individuals were provided counselling services in London and Middlesex County through United Way funded counselling programs.

3,448 individuals attended United Way funded mental health education programs that promote understanding.

Liaisons from 12 organizations, representing 20,110 employees from London and Middlesex, participated in “Meeting the Standard” to reduce the stigma and discrimination of mental illness in the workplace.

1,678 seniors were provided a variety of meaningful activities to help foster interactions and connections in their community and decrease their sense of isolation.


Participation in the labour market is more difficult for people with disabilities as they face additional barriers and may also experience discrimination. As such, people with disabilities are more likely to have a low income and experience poverty. People with disabilities are also more likely to live alone, which may increase isolation and require the need for access to community-based social and recreation support.

Children with disabilities tend to be less involved in social activities like sports and clubs, which may negatively impact their social and emotional well-being and may have long-term impact on educational success, employment and income. Parents of children with disabilities experience higher levels of stress, illness and relationship strain when compared to families without children with disabilities.


Poverty impacts everyone; however it impacts people differently and for different reasons. We acknowledge that some groups and communities are more likely to experience poverty because of deeply embedded social and structural inequities. Many people in our community are denied opportunities to reach their full potential. United Way believes that everyone in our community can thrive if they are provided with the adequate tools to succeed.

To achieve this, we have invested $303,500 in programs and services that provide access to basic assistive devices, skill development, community and social connections, caregiver respite, and advocacy support to ensure access to stable income.

Anticipated community outcomes


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If you have any questions, please contact:
Roxanne Riddell
Community Planning Specialist
Ph: 519-438-1723
Ext. 224

Dakota HalfpennyMental health