By Sarah Klein
Mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck would lend city support to those suffering from mental illness if elected.
The Charleswood — Tuxedo councillor pledged on Tuesday to offer subsidized transit to the agencies who administer programs to help those with mental illness get to their appointments.
“One in four Winnipeggers suffers from a mental illness which contributes to addictions, suicide, crime and a host of other issues such as poverty and homelessness,” said Havixbeck. “The City of Winnipeg will be committed to helping those with addictions using the resources the City already has. This should make a marked difference in the quality of people’s lives.”
Havixbeck would also ensure police officers and cadets have up-to-date training for recognizing and helping those suffering from a mental illness.
She also promised to further city resources to help emergency services staff suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Using the city’s community centres and Leisure Guide could also be another avenue to offer more courses and workshops to help those dealing with mental issues, Havixbeck added.