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From the Winnipeg Free Press–Two Winnipeg mental-health advocates are using their own experiences to help family members and caregivers of those who are struggling to receive the support they need.

Charlotte Sytnyk and Kirsten Drybrough met six years ago on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature at a rally in support of mental health. After their initial conversation, they realized they had a lot in common — primarily, they each had a daughter who had struggled with her mental health.

“We had a conversation and, for the first time, I had a connection and wasn’t alone. Charlotte was experiencing really similar stuff in her home,” Drybrough says.

The two mothers realized there was a lack of support for families supporting a loved one with mental-health challenges. After some research and planning, they opened All in Family Peer Support, a non-profit organization that provides peer support, workshops and education to help family members.

“One of the things you don’t know until you experience it is when one person in the family is struggling with a mental-health challenge, the entire family struggles. It encompasses the entire family unit,” Drybrough says. “(All in Family Peer Support) focuses on the family’s wellness and mental health and how the family is doing as a whole.”

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