Welcome to MATC
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in children and adolescents.
MATC continues to provide mental health services during this time. To keep clients and staff safe, we are changing appointments to be delivered through video-conference or telephone.
If you are experiencing severe mental health issues, please call 911 or the Mobile Crisis Team at 204-949-4777
If you would like to make a referral for your child/adolescent, please contact the WRHA Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intake Service at 204-958-9660.
For all the latest updates for families and Manitobans – click here
Free download available on this website for book Corona-virus: A book for children – HERE
Free download available on this website for book My Hero is You – HERE
The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba has started an anxiety support line to help people cope with the stress of COVID-19.
Starting on Monday March 23, 2020, people can contact the support line at 204-925-0040 to speak to one of the organization’s staff.
The support line will be answered and checked regularly between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Manitoba Government, Department of Families has compiled a list of resources for parents and caregivers to keep their children active. Click here for the complete list.
The Story of the Oyster and The Butterfly by ©Ana M. Gomez is a children’s book and is available by clicking Here
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety about COVID-19- click here
Managing Stress during COVID-19 – click here
Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program – Now Available
Help when you need it. Where you need it.
Caring for your mental health is important during the COVID-19 pandemic. AbilitiCBT is a new digital therapy program from Morneau Shepell, available to all Manitobans experiencing low to mid symptoms of anxiety due to the pandemic.
You will be able to connect to a professional therapist trained to help you deal with:
the state of uncertainty
care for family and community members
To sign up for the AbilitiCBT Program click here
There are many healthy ways to cope youth cope with stress. Have them:
Talk to people they trust about their feelings – email, text, phone, video-chat. This could be a friend, parent, Elder, teacher, counsellor or a phone line support person.Have fun! Do things they enjoy. Remember physical activity/exercise can lower stress and make them feel happier and energized.
Find ways to relax. Take a walk, read, listen to music, watch a movie, have a nap, pray, smudge, do yoga or do deep breathing. For more relaxation tips, go to: www.stresshacks.ca.
Ask friends what helps them feel better and cope with the stress.
Tell a story about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them: draw, write, sing, dance, journal, take photos.
Think about times in the past when things were difficult for you, and what helped you get through the hard times then.
Help support others. When feeling stressed, helping to support others takes you outside their own troubles for awhile.
Find a way to remember both the good and the bad things during the pandemic (ex: shoot a video, write, take pictures).
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Visit our Education page for more details on these free workshops.
We acknowledge that Manitoba is on the original lands of the Dakota, Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene, Inuit and Metis Nation.
We acknowledge that the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC) is located on Treaty One territory.
We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories and we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.