Why focus on strong communities?
1 in 5 people are affected by mental health. A sense of belonging has been identified as a challenge faced by many. Through community conversations, residents identified their desire to live in an engaged community where they have the opportunity to speak and be heard. They want local, accessible resources and supports that focus on education, root causes, and early interventions. They also envision a community of acceptance with the desire to reduce stigma and stereotypes for those living with mental illness or addictions.
Inclusive and supported communities connect and strengthen all Oxford County residents.
- Create safe and inviting places for community members
- Equip people with the skills, tools and opportunities to share their experiences and opinions to effectively impact community discussions and decisions