Eight communities on Manitoulin Island have joined together for the development of Manitoulin Island's Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. This plan is provincially legislated for municipalities in Ontario under the Police Services Act, 1990. The intended time-frame of this initial plan is from 2021-2025. This plan represents a shared commitment to make the communities on Manitoulin Island a place where individuals and families feel safe, have a sense of belonging and access to services to meet their needs.
It is realized that across these eight communities, the risks most impacting community safety and well-being are the same. Throughout the community engagement and data analysis phase, it became clear that there are four main priority areas that should be a focus across all communities. These priority areas are: Mental Health & Addictions, Housing, Seniors, and Domestic Violence. These are are explored and discuss in the plan below. Please download the file if you want to read the plan.
For those who find the long winters difficult, or for those who deal with bouts of depression, please know there is now a hotline available.
Canadians can call or text 9-8-8 to access bilingual, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate mental health and suicide prevention support. The service is free and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Trained crisis responders will listen to you and provide support with compassion, providing a safe space for you to talk.
If you are thinking about suicide, or worried about someone else thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8 for suicide prevention support at any time of day or night.
Calls or texts to 9-8-8 are confidential. No personally identifiable information will be disclosed or shared outside of the 9-8-8 network, except as required or permitted by law, or in cases where emergency intervention is required to support the safety and well-being of the caller or texter, and the safety of others.
The 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and their partners.