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Winter weather impacts well-being

WINNIPEG — All the snow and cold weather this winter has taken a toll on Manitobans and their well being.

Staff at the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba have seen a spike in people seeking out support for seasonal desperation.

The cold weather and terrible driving conditions have made it difficult for people to make it to support groups in person.

“If they can’t come to us, we will have to go to them,” said Tara Brousseau-Snider, the executive director of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.

The association will start offering online support groups, similar to chat rooms, next week. They will allow people to speak directly with staff without having to brave the conditions outside.

This is the first time the association has had to do this. Creating the online support groups was a direct result of more people choosing to email for help this winter.

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People should pay attention to the well being of those around them. Brousseau-Snider said. People showing signs of fatigue, lethargic behaviour or a general feeling of hopelessness should seek help from a doctor.

League organizers with the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association also want it to stop snowing soon.

At this point the slow start to spring is not impacting the upcoming soccer season.

“We are plowing ahead with the season at the end of the month on some artificial turf fields,” said Carlo Bruneau, the executive director of WYSA.

Two artificial turfs will be ready for practices next week.

Bruneau hopes the real pitches will be in good condition once all the snow melts.