“I’m a different person now”


In her work, Judy has helped a variety of organizations, groups and individuals to manage conflict, change and new opportunities. But, when a member of her own family was hospitalized for a mental health crisis, Judy was looking for a different approach to support her family.

The hospital’s social worker referred her to Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO) to access a network of people in similar situations to hers.

I’m a different person now because of PSO. Their programs are priceless.

Funded by United Way Ottawa, PSO offers peer and family peer support, public education, volunteer opportunities and much more to people experiencing mental health challenges and their families.

After accessing a variety of PSO’s programs, Judy felt like she had the tools to better support her family member. She also credits PSO with giving her new skills to communicate better and maintain stronger relationships in all areas of her life.

Your donation to United Way funds programs and initiatives like counselling, peer support groups and 24/7 crisis lines — the psychological and crisis supports people need, when they need it most.



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Last week, we invested $2 million in 39 local programs that will support the people who are still struggling as the province begins to reopen. Read more about how we’re bolstering Indigenous and Black mental health, and fighting food insecurity, social isolation, learning loss and more.

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