Sydney’s story

Your gift means more mental health supports for young people so they can gain coping skills and add resilience into their lives.

Young people like Sydney, who was got help with social anxiety and depression.

In high school Sydney had difficulty talking to people, and was getting poor grades. She spent most of her time after school sleeping, felt deeply isolated, and drank alcohol to ease her pain.

Sydney gained skills and strength to grow her mental wellness with help from a youth program at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba (MDAM), a United Way agency partner.

“It gave me insight into, you know, things aren’t as bad as they seem, and not all people are scary and awful.”

New doors opened in Sydney’s life as she gained insight and power over her anxieties.

“I can make new friends, I can have fun…if I were to sign up for something it wouldn’t be constant terror.”

Today Sydney, 18, volunteers with the same MDAM program that helped her, and would like a career where she can work with children that need mental health supports.

“I’m doing a lot better. I have all these tools to help me now, so it’s just much easier to get by.”

The generosity of Winnipeggers like you make successes like Sydney’s possible.

Thank you.