Youth Crisis Services

Youth Resource Centre (YRC) and Emergency Shelter

Need a safe place to stay? Contact:

  • 204.477.1804 (in Winnipeg) or
  • 1.888.477.1804 (outside Winnipeg).

The MYS Youth Resource Centre (YRC) and Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. Youth ages 12 to 17 can access short-term, overnight, emergency stays, as well as crisis intervention and counselling services, advocacy, and basic needs like food, hygiene, clothes and a shower.

A total of eight beds are available and assigned daily. However, no youth is ever turned away and staff will find alternative resources when needed. When youth arrive, they are welcomed by staff who then work with youth to understand their individual situation and needs.

The YRC also offers referral, advocacy, resources, information and short-term basic needs services to youth ages 12 to 21 on a walk-in basis.

Youth Crisis Stabilization System (YCSS)

Trouble coping? Call 1.888.383.2776 or 204.949.4777.

A partnership between Macdonald Youth Services, Marymound, Project Neecheewam, and Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, the YCSS provides youth under 18 and their families with a range of community-based crisis intervention services to help with things like:

  • mental health concerns
  • self-harm and thoughts of suicide
  • difficulty coping
  • traumatic events
  • parent/child conflict


Intake services – Intake clinicians are available 24/7 to help with telephone counselling. Crises are referred to the mobile crisis team, while non-crises are referred to other community resources.

The Mobile Crisis Team delivers home-based crisis services to children, youth, families, and caregivers, along with strategies for ongoing treatment and intervention.

MCT has access to the following resources to help youth and families cope in their time of crisis:

  • The Brief Therapy Team (BTT) – Macdonald Youth Services' BTT is a multi-disciplinary team that provides time-limited, solution-focused therapy to children, youth, and their families. It addresses issues and events which led to the crisis. BTT receives referrals from the Mobile Crisis Team.
  • The Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) – The MCT accessess Marymound's and Project Neecheewam's CSUs when youth (ages 9 to 17) are found in extreme distress and need time to return to pre-crisis functioning without requiring hospitalization. A stay in the unit is no longer than a few days and only long enough to stabilize the youth. A clinical follow-up facilitator helps with the discharge process and makes any necessary referrals to help with future planning and ensure the individual has the resources and support required.
  • Home-Based Crisis Intervention ServicesMa Mawi Wi Chi Itata Home-Based Crisis Intervention Services are accessed by the Mobile Crisis Team when families need help to reestablish functioning following a crisis. These services include support, respite, and mentoring.
  • Youth Educational Service (YES) – Marymound's Youth Educational Services are accessed through Intake to facilitate positive reconnections with home schools following a crisis.