Youth Wellness Hub
By age 16, no less than 35 per cent of people will have experienced a mental disorder; 70 per cent of all mental illness begin during adolescence or earlier.
In 2017, the provincial government announced funding to establish ten Youth Wellness Hubs. These hubs will specifically target the needs of youth aged 12 to 25 as fully integrated “onestop-shops” for mental health, substance use, primary care, education/employment/tr aining, housing and other community and social services with specific services. The Eastern Champlain region hub will have two locations, one in Cornwall and one in Clarence-Rockland.
Hub leaders at Cornwall Community Hospital, Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott Russell, and Hawkesbury and District General Hospital are working with local youth, their families and service providers to codesign our hub.
The Eastern Champlain Youth Wellness Hub will receive $900,000 in project funding for three years. “Our region’s demographics are unique, where we have higher incidents of inter- generational poverty, attempted suicide rates, and high school dropout rates,” explains Christine Penney, VP of Community Programs. “The Youth Wellness Hub will be a great resource for youth who need it in our community.”
NEW EQUIPMENT: North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald was among those trying out a new outdoor fitness area at Island Park, in Alexandria. The fully accessible pieces of sporting equipment are designed to stay outside year-round. They are located between the children's play areas so that parents can watch their children while also exercising. These new additions are the result of a community collaboration between the Township of North Glengarry and Community Living.