More men­tal health money

The Glengarry News - - News -

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.

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