Do­na­tions sup­port men­tal health ini­tia­tives aimed at youth

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

St. Joseph’s Health­care Hamil­ton is ex­pand­ing its youth wellness cen­tre thanks to a $1-mil­lion do­na­tion from the Joyce Fam­ily Foun­da­tion.

The new space, lo­cated within the ex­ist­ing James Street South cen­tre that opened two years ago, will be called The Joyce Link to hon­our the fam­ily’s con­tri­bu­tion.

The St. Joe’s Youth Wellness Cen­tre serves youth liv­ing with men­tal health and ad­dic­tion chal­lenges out of its down­town lo­ca­tion. The ex­pan­sion will mean en­hanced ser­vices for youth and their fam­i­lies — in par­tic­u­lar, young peo­ple who are mov­ing from chil­dren’s men­tal health ser­vices to adult men­tal health ser­vices.

At Ron Joyce Chil­dren’s Health Cen­tre, two pen­guin sculp­tures have been added to the court­yard, thanks to a gift from McKeil Marine. The four-foot fig­ures, Grace and An­neke, are meant to be in­ter­ac­tive and con­vey the im­por­tance of fam­ily and a sup­port­ive com­mu­nity. They are sit­u­ated in a spot in the court­yard where clin­i­cal teams of­fer group and in­di­vid­ual ther­apy ses­sions.

The an­nounce­ment for both do­na­tions was timed to co­in­cide with men­tal health week.

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