Welcome to MATC
Update: April 1, 2022
We want to let you know how Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre’s work and mission will be continuing over the coming months and years. April 1, 2022 marks the beginning of a new chapter for MATC as our organization will begin the operational steps to transition to Shared Health, Manitoba’s provincial health authority. These changes, as part of the Manitoba Health System Transformation efforts and recommendations from the Virgo Report, are necessary to continue our efforts in supporting and strengthening provincial mental health and addictions service delivery for Manitobans.
Please know there is no change to our current services, or how you access them. All our programs and staff will continue to be here to support Manitobans. Overall, there is very little change for our clients and families.
This website will remain active and continue to serve as a resource for information. Our contact information will also stay the same. You may start to see the name Shared Health in some of our communications materials or on our website over the coming weeks and months. These gradual changes are part of our activities to become part of Shared Health. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to continuing in our work of supporting Manitoba children, youth and their families now as part of Mental Health & Addictions, Shared Health.
To learn more about Shared Health, Manitoba’s provincial health authority, we welcome you to visit their website or social media at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharedHealthMB, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharedhealthmanitoba/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharedhealthmb/
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.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The COVID pandemic brings a high level of stress and anxiety as it rapidly changes the way we work, socialize, and live. Caring for your mental health is important in these times and MATC continues to provide mental health services. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in children and adolescents. To keep clients and staff safe, some appointments are being delivered through video-conference or telephone.
MATC has a pandemic response plan and is prepared to act immediately should a positive case be identified within any of its sites. MATC remains committed to the safety of all those that work and/or visit our sites and will continue to update internal infection prevention and control practices to ensure all processes and policies remain current. Please note the following when bringing your child/youth to MATC:
Remember to bring and wear a mask at MATC
While much of the work we do at MATC continues to be done virtually, we are seeing clients and families in our buildings. All staff, visitors, outpatients, support persons, tradespeople, contractors, and vendors, must wear a medical mask when entering/exiting and onsite at all MATC buildings. Exceptions to wearing a mask include children under the age of five (5) years, people with underlying health conditions, or individuals who require assistance in wearing a mask.
Designated Inpatient Visitors – 120 Tecumseh Street
We recognize the importance of family connection. Please speak with your care team who will work together with patients and family members to consider individual circumstances, and current provincial guidelines. Rest assured, MATC will find extra support for your child if you are unable to be onsite.
We are taking precautions at all our sites: wearing masks or PPE, physical distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and regular sanitizing.
In order to help keep everyone safe and minimize the chance of transmission of infections during this pandemic, staff, clients, families, and visitors are all screened before entering MATC, and will not be allowed to enter if they are sick.
It is important that everyone refrain from coming to MATC if they are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms such as fever or cough.
Take the test: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
For details and testing site locations, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html
For all the latest updates for families and Manitobans – 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 an Anxiety & Worry Support Program.
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
Care for Your Mental Health – 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.