Roughly 10,000 Manitobans access substance abuse treatment every year, and Manitoba’s government is ready to help those in need.
Almost one in four Manitobans over 10 years old has a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder and 75 per cent of mental illness onsets occur before the age of 24.
In the last fiscal year alone, Manitoba’s government invested well over half a billion dollars (approximately $566 million) in mental health and addictions by hiring psychiatrists, opening more beds, introducing multiple Rapid Action Clinics, providing first responders with more life-saving drugs and by assisting numerous existing programs.
On Oct. 7, I participated in this by joining the ministers of health, families and education to announce funding for youth programming and the distribution of “thrival kits” to help school-aged children develop better mental health.
Here in Rossmere, The Prairie Crocus Thrift Shop’s new 919 McLeod Ave. location exists to give 100 per cent of its profits to two local addictions recovery resources: the Finding Freedom addictions recovery program and Dignity House, which helps women transitioning from complex trauma, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, abuse and addictions.
Prairie Crocus is not just another thrift store, but has intentionally created an environment to offer frugal shoppers a place of dignity, peace and value. The attractive, bright shop is staffed almost exclusively by volunteers personally affected by friends or family struggling with addictions, and with help from other creative initiatives hopes to one day sustainably fund Finding Freedom and Dignity House.
The prairie crocus is the first flower to bloom each spring and has become Manitoba’s provincial flower and a symbol of hope and the promise of new life. The aptly named Prairie Crocus Thrift Store is already bringing new life and hope for those who need it, right here in our neighbourhood.