Youth Crisis Services

Youth Resource Centre (YRC) and Emergency Shelter

If you need a safe place to stay contact:

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

The Youth Resource Centre (YRC) and Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter offers short-term, overnight, emergency stays for youth ages 12 to 17. In addition, crisis intervention, counselling, case management, advocacy and basic needs (e.g., food, hygiene, clothes, shower) are all services offered to youth accessing the shelter.

Based on the needs of youth, eight beds are available and assigned on a daily basis; however, staff ensure youth are not turned away and will find alternative resources if needed. When youth arrive at the shelter staff greet and welcome them. They work with the youth to understand what brought them to the YRC/Shelter.

The YRC 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 Services

Having a difficult time coping? Call 1.888.383.2776 or 204.949.4777.

Youth Crisis Stabilization Services is a partnership between Macdonald Youth Services, Marymound, Project Neecheewam, and Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre. It provides community-based crisis intervention services for youth (under 18) and their families.

Youth Crisis Stabilization Services offers a range of quick, accessible services to children, youth, and families in crisis. Examples of issues that we respond to include:

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

Services offered

Intake services – Macdonald Youth Services intake is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An intake clinician will assist by providing telephone counselling. We refer crises to the mobile crisis team while we refer non-crises to other community resources.

The Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) – MCT delivers services to children, youth, families, and caregivers when crisis services are required. The teams will stabilize crises, provide on-site services, and develop treatment strategies for ongoing 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.