everyone! As I sit in my office, I am
wondering when spring will arrive. It
has been a cold and dark winter and while we are promised that spring is just
around the corner there are times when it feels as though the darkness and
coldness of winter will never end. These
feelings made me stop and think about people who suffer from mental illnesses
and how they must feel. I have
contemplated how it must feel dark and cold for them many days. And I wonder, what could be done to make
you may have heard about the Ministry’s investment in local mental health and
addictions organizations. On February 25th Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins
that $28 million will be invested into these agencies across
the province. This funding allows people who suffer from mental illness to
receive the care they need closer to home and faster than ever before.
know that allowing people to receive help sooner - getting care and support in
place as quickly as possible helps
them cope with their illness and quite possibly will ensure better outcomes for
the long term.
good example of this sort of program is the
new Youth Wellness Centre (YWC) developed by St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), which
opened its doors to its first clients on Wednesday, March 11, and had its
opening celebrated as part of the 2015 Hamilton Art Crawl with #ReachOut Hamilton.
The YWC focuses on serving youths experiencing
signs of mental health and/or addictions difficulties for the first time. The
Youth Wellness Centre educates youth and their families on the signs and
symptoms of mental health and addictions problems, so that they can recognize
when they or someone needs extra care and support. Staff provides guidance on
how to address the mental health challenges patients are facing and prepare them
to navigate the care system as they become adults.
Located in downtown Hamilton, the YWC serves
youth aged 17 to 24 through referrals and will assist these youth through
multiple programs. Those who are referred to the YWC will receive complete
assessments to help determine the proper support each individual needs.
For more information about the Youth
Wellness Centre please contact Program Manager Lisa Jeffs by telephone at 905-522-1155
Ext. 36238. To learn more
about the LHIN’s work on mental health and additions, please visit our website.
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