The Red River College benefits program provides coverage under applicable options for prescribed Drugs that are eligible under the provincial formulary. Eligible prescription drugs are covered until you have reached your Manitoba Pharmacare Deductible amount. When you and your dependents have claimed $750 in drug expenses, Canada Life will request that you apply for your Manitoba Pharmacare Deductible amount.
Manitoba Pharmacare provides 100% coverage for prescription drugs that are eligible under the provincial formulary after you have satisfied your deductible. Pharmacare deductibles are calculated based on your family income and must be requested by Manitoba Health.
How do I apply for my Manitoba Pharmacare deductible amount?
To apply to Manitoba Pharmacare for your deductible amount, complete the Pharmacare Application and Consent Authorization form on the government of Manitoba’s website and forward to the address noted on the form.
There are two Enrolment Options to choose from:
- Option A One Time Program Enrolment (recommended) – This option only requires you to complete the form one time. Your Deductible amount will be automatically set on April 1st each benefit year and a new letter sent to you.
- Option B Annual Application – This option requires you to apply each year and your deductible is only set upon processing of your application.
What do I do when I receive my Manitoba Pharmacare deductible amount?
Once you receive your letter from Manitoba Pharmacare you can send a scan or photo of the letter by uploading the document on GroupNet:
- Log into GroupNet
- Click “Contact us’ on the left menu bar
- Under the Topic drop down menu select “Upload documents – general”
- Click “+ Add Documents” – red button
- Select the file to upload
- Scroll down
- Click “Send Message” – red button
Alternatively, you can email, mail or fax the letter with your plan number and ID number noted clearly on the letter to Canada Life at the following:
Drug Claims Management
P.O. Box 6000
Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3A5
Fax: (204) 946-7664
Should you have any questions about this process, please call Canada Life’s Drug Services’ Pharmacare line at 1-866-238-2891.
Supporting Your Wellness – Student/Youth Mental Health
In addition to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the growing awareness of how social media can impact the spreading of discrimination and harassment, and the complexities of what today’s youth face, we are seeing increased attention and focus on student mental health.
As added attention is given to student mental health, more research is being done to understand and help youth to become more resilient given the social complexities and technological advances of a constantly evolving world. The more we understand that not all families or individuals are alike, the more strategies we are able to create to overcome many of these issues.
What we know about student mental health:
- The majority of mental health disorders symptoms appear and may be diagnosed between ages 12 to 25, with 75% of mental health disorders first appearing among those 18 to 24 years old
- 1 in 5 students in post-secondary school feel depressed and anxious or battling other mental health challenges
- Mental health disorders represent approximately half of all diagnosed health concerns of young adults in the world (World Health Organization, 2010)
- Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported emergency department visits by those aged 15 to 24 seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment rose 63% and hospitalizations jumped 67% between 2006 and 2016.
As we begin to understand more about mental health in youth and young adults, it is important to ensure during their key learning and educational years, steps are taken to build strong resiliency and coping strategies.
Support from parents; guardians; and caregivers:
As a key and influential support, there are steps and lessons that can be taken and applied throughout a child’s life to build resiliency:
- Teach self-care. Being a positive role model for children it is important in building proper self-care tactics. Children often learn self-care strategies from their primary care providers, so if the caregiver isn’t being a good example of self-care, the child often mimics similar behaviours in life. Eating high nutrient foods, exercising regularly, and having a consistent sleep schedule are important to building strong self-care tactics. Be sure the child has time to pursue their own interests and fun activities, be sure they are not overscheduled. It is important for the child to learn the concept of “downtime” for recharging ones energy.
- Nurture a positive self-view. Fostering positive self-esteem in a child can be a challenge. With so many external factors that contribute to self-esteem, it can be difficult to convince children regardless of their age that they are truly amazing and talented individuals. Helping the child reframe their hardships and helping them understand that current difficulties can help build strength and knowledge to handle challenges ahead are all appropriate steps in creating positive self-view.
- Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook. Every student faces painful events and disappointment in their life. Receiving a poor grade, losing a friend, moving to a new school, or being bullied, physically, emotionally or online can all contribute to low-self-esteem and hinder an individual’s perspective on their future. Looking at the situation in a broader context and keeping a long-term focus can help the student see that there is a future beyond the current situation, and that future is good. An optimistic and positive outlook enables students to recognize and see the good things in life. This ability to focus on the positive allows them to bounce back from negative events more quickly, and show that life moves on after bad events.
Support in post-secondary years:
Post-secondary student life is thought to be a time of self-discovery, freedom, and new social experiences. However, for some it can be very stressful, difficult to navigate, and an environment that may lead to greater risk of mental health disorders. Here are some options to consider when speaking to your student:
- Make connections. Encourage students to make friends by getting involved in their community or at school. Often, students leave home for the first time and lose immediate connection to their existing support network of family and friends. It is helpful in the beginning of the student’s post-secondary experience that they seek out opportunities to make connections with other people, so their support network can expand.
- Maintain a routine. When attending post-secondary schooling, it is easy for a student to get out of routine. It is important that there is some structure in place so the student builds a schedule that ensure they are eating, exercising regularly, attending classes, maintaining their homework and studying, and having adequate time to rest.
- Look for opportunities for self-discovery. Post-secondary school is a time when a child becomes a young adult, often learning about themselves through the various adversities and challenges they will face. Help them by taking a look at the common challenges that await and reframe them as positive opportunities to grow and see “what they are made of”, as this can help them build upon their individual self-discovery.
- Seek help. One of the most important things that a student needs to know is to seek help when needed. Regardless of the support needed, mental health or academic related, it is important to talk through the challenges they are facing in order to overcome them. Speaking about challenges can help the individual process their feelings, bring logic to the situation, and help come up with solutions to overcome the current situation, and prevent it from happening again.
Being a student has always been a challenge. No matter what age the student is, we have to work to create positive environments that foster learning and respect, while helping them to build resiliency so they can face any challenge what may come their way inside and outside of school.
To read the complete article ‘Student Mental Health” as well as access other resources visit the homeweb.ca site provided by your EFAP provider, Homewood Health.
You and your family can access confidential support 24/7 through the Homewood Health EFAP. Your EFAP can help with a variety of situations such as stress, anxiety, depression, life change and transitions and relationship concerns to name a few.
Your full suite of EFAP services includes counselling, Life Smart Coaching and Online resources, including homeweb.ca.
The EFAP is a professional and confidential service to support you in all aspects of your life. Click here to review the Homewood Health EFAP resources available to you and to get contact information.