Phil was living a troubled life on the streets, brought there by a childhood of abuse and decades of struggling with severe, untreated schizophrenia – an especially dangerous diagnosis for someone without a support system. His mental illness skewed reality and he didn’t know who he could trust.
But Phil says it was “by God’s grace” that he found himself at the doors of Siloam Mission. And something kept him coming back – First for meals, then shelter, and soon because he felt safe. Phil finally found a supportive community.
He stayed for just over a year. Phil was quickly connected with a doctor in our Health Centre who helped him find the right medication to manage his condition and begin to better his life.
Today, Phil is doing well. Through regular contact with a counsellor to work through his trauma and a doctor to help manage medications, he finally has the support he needs. Living at Siloam’s supportive housing facility, The Madison, he maintains wonderful friendships and hopes to work at Siloam in the near future – “to be able to give back.”
The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that 25% of Canadians experiencing homelessness struggle with mental illness. We see the evidence, and it’s time to do something about it.
This is why holistic mental health support is a major focus in our 54,000 sq. foot expansion, because we believe that Phil – and the many others like him – deserve access to the help and support they so desperately need.
To learn more about how you can contribute to more mental health support in Winnipeg through the MAKE ROOM In Your Heart Capital Campaign, visit www.siloammakeroom.ca today.