The holiday season and post-Christmas period can be a very difficult time of year. Southwest Crisis Services staff member Murphy Kennedy notes that men are not immune to post-holiday stress and crisis.
“We would like to remind folks in the region that in addition to our services for women and children through the Safe Shelter, Genesis House and Outreach programs, Southwest Crisis Services also provides outreach services for men in Southwest Saskatchewan,” says Kennedy, who is the new Men’s Program Co-ordinator/Counsellor.
“Men are generally more reluctant to seek out assistance in times of stress, and it is not always top of our list of priorities to take some time for self-care,“ he continues.
Many concerns present themselves during this time of the year including family tension, financial strain, depression and loneliness.
“Sometimes men may feel they have no one to talk to, especially around the holiday season when everyone is so busy.”
Men seeking confidential support have the option of contacting the Crisis Line at 306-778-3833 or 1-800-567-3334 for phone support, or the Men’s Outreach Program, a free service for men aged 18 years and older. The Men’s Program offers no-charge one to one counselling and support services, as well as practical assistance, education and referrals to other agencies when more specialized help is required. The program is conveniently located in downtown Swift Current and arrangements can also be made if services are required in other rural communities in Southwest Saskatchewan.
“Just having that chance to talk things through with someone can be so important,” says Kennedy.
To make an appointment, contact the Men’s Outreach Coordinator at 306-778-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.