Province launches helpline
Service to help with access to addiction programs
For Metro | Winnipeg A new helpline launched by the Manitoba Addictions Agencies Network will make accessing information about addiction services easier, says the province.
The Manitoba Addictions Helpline will be managed by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) and includes more than just a phone number.
Through the helpline, information and support is available over the phone and in-person, and there is a website with information on services and providers in the province, said Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Deanne Crothers.
On the website, a self-guided screening tool helps people identify the services that are best for them and their situation.
“Addictions is not a one-sizefits-all,” said Crothers.
It’s important that people be connected to the resources that are best for them personally, she said.
“It’s really the reaching out point for an individual who decides they need to get some help,” said Crothers.
Unlike other helplines for people seeking help with addictions, this one will provide information about all of the resources available to Manitobans.
“Seeking services is not easy for anyone who is struggling with addiction,” said Ben Fry, CEO of AFM.
The helpline is meant to make the addictions system easier for the public to understand and navigate, said Fry.
“We’re trying to create a solid flow through the system so people don’t face barriers,” said Main Street Project Executive Director Lisa Goss. “Access and our client are our first priorities.”
This is one of several additions to addictions services in the province, Crothers said. All services will be evaluated by the people who use them.
The hotline number is 1-855662-6605.