This program encourages youth between the ages of 12 to 17 to make informed and relevant decisions and to promote positive choices in their lives. Choices is a 2 hour group that meets for over 10 weeks. The program is delivered by the program coordinators along with our volunteer coaches who provide positive role modeling, […]Continue readingChoices Program
Education and awareness leads to prevention and early identification. Not all youth will develop psychosis, many will experience serious mental health challenges.
In the 2009 CAMH report “The Mental Health and Well-Being of Ontario Students” we see that for the 12 months prior to completing the survey, those who participated told us that:
- 36% feel constantly under stress
- 25% feel unhappy and depressed
- 95% used a crisis line because they needed to talk to someone about a problem
- 12% believe they have poor mental health, with a correlation between higher grades and reports of poor mental health
- 5% had depressive symptoms
- 24% visited a mental health professional at least once in the previous 12 months
- 10% had seriously considered suicide with 3% attempting suicide
Source: CMHA National; www.cmha.ca
The Mental Health Commission of Canada believes that identifying youth at risk and intervening as close to onset as possible, is critical to reducing the prevalence of mental health problems in adulthood. It is also believed that over 70% of adults with mental illness had onset in their younger years.
Please see below for the resources and support we have to offer.
Psychosis is a condition that affects the mind, resulting in some loss of contact with reality. Symptoms may include: hallucinations delusions (false beliefs) paranoia disorganized thoughts and speech. Help Overcome Psychosis Early (H.O.P.E.) is our early psychosis intervention program and is offered throughout York Region and South Simcoe. The H.O.P.E. team offers specialized services for […]Continue readingEarly Psychosis Intervention
Mental Health & Justice Program The Mental Health and Justice Program provides support and advocacy to individuals who have a mental illness and are involved in the criminal justice system. Court-based services (court support and diversion) are available at the Newmarket Provincial Court House and the Bradford West Gwillimbury Court House. There is a designated […]Continue readingMental Health and Justice
MOBYSS Reaching youth where they are at, when they need it, by removing barriers and welcoming them with services. Mobile York South Simcoe (MOBYSS) – Youth walk in clinic What is MOBYSS? MOBYSS (Mobile York South Simcoe) is Ontario’s first mobile health clinic for youth who are 12 to 25 years of age. MOBYSS is […]Continue readingMOBYSS – Youth Walk in Clinic
The Youth Wellness Program offers: Psychoeducational workshops; Individual counseling, and; Groups. The Youth Wellness program offers psychoeducational workshops for youth, caregivers, teachers and professionals. Workshops are provided by mental health educators and cover a variety of topics in order to increase knowledge and de-stigmatize mental illness and substance abuse. Workshops are provided in schools, community […]Continue readingYouth Wellness