Youth Well­ness Hub

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.”

NORTH GLEN­GARRY PHOTO

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.

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