MGEU committee helping youth “out of the blue”

“No one should feel alone or scared to talk about mental illness, and anything we can do to help, we will.” — Scott Cloney, MGEU Youth Committee Chair and 4th Vice President.

Out of the blue logo Jason des bluesWinnipeg (14 May 2014) — The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) Young Members Committee is putting their support behind Out of the Blue  a Southeastern Manitoba public awareness and education program that aims to inspire youth and inform the region about mental illness.

MGEU/NUPGE young workers support Out of the Blue, a mental health program focusing on the needs of young people

With funding from the Southern Regional Health Authority, the program promotes honest, open talk about mental health issues and suicide through school presentations and other community awareness activities. The program’s goal is to make mental health a priority in Southwestern Manitoba by creating a new voice for mental illness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.

To help with that goal, the MGEU/NUPGE contributed to the program’s Blue Carpet Gala, which took place on May 8 at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre in Steinbach.

“Our union is proud to support this event which seeks to raise awareness of, and eliminate the stigma surrounding, mental health issues,” says Youth Committee Chair and MGEU 4th Vice President Scott Cloney. “No one should feel alone or scared to talk about mental illness, and anything we can do to help, we will.”

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