More mental health money
Mental health services for children and youth will be improved with the Ontario government’s $6 million commitment to help an estimated additional 4,000 children and youth, and their families each year.
The $104,000 local portion of the funding allocation will be used to provide crisis support services in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Akwasasne.
Crisis support staff will work with the Cornwall Hospital’s emergency department and schools to assist with risk assessment, safety planning, and triage to community services. “The number of emergency room visits for children and youth in crisis has been increasing, and we hope that this new investment is a step towards building a system to better respond to these needs,” explains Deena Shorkey, Director of Children and Youth Mental Health Programs at the hospital. One in five children and youth in Ontario experiences a mental health challenge. Early identification and intervention improve achievement in school and better health outcomes in life.