Youth hub finds sup­port

Lo­cal John Howard So­ci­ety ini­tia­tive re­ceives back­ing

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - FRONT PAGE - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

The John Howard So­ci­ety of Belleville has re­ceived a $ 20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Com­mu­nity Fund.

The grant will be used to sup­port the Belleville Youth Well­ness Hub to im­prove ac­cess to men­tal health ser­vices in the Belleville area.

The cheque was re­cently pre­sented to the John Howard So­ci­ety of Belleville at the Belleville Sen­a­tors hockey game against the Char­lotte Check­ers.

“The Bell Let’s Talk Com­mu­nity Fund grant will help our or­ga­ni­za­tion add to the many ser­vices al­ready of­fered for youth in the Belleville area,” stated Deb­bie Woods, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the John Howard So­ci­ety. “We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing bar­rier- free ser­vices for youth to help them par­tic­i­pate in so­ci­ety.”

The Belleville Youth Well­ness Hub ( YWH) aims to im­prove ac­cess to in­te­grated, high- qual­ity care for youth at a sin­gle lo­ca­tion. Work­ing un­der the YWH model, the so­ci­ety’s lo­ca­tion at 19- 21 Wall­bridge Cres. will act as a “one- stop- shop” where youth can ac­cess men­tal and phys­i­cal health care, sub­stance use ser­vices, hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion sup­port, as well as recre­ation, sports, mu­sic and art ac­tiv­i­ties. Sev­eral lo­cal ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions will work to­gether to pro­vide these ser­vices at the same lo­ca­tion.

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to sup­port the work of the John Howard So­ci­ety of Belleville and the Youth Well­ness Hub in pro­vid­ing ac­cess to in­te­grated care for youth in the Belleville area need­ing men­tal health sup­ports,” stated Mary Dea­con, chair­per­son of Bell Let’s Talk. “Hav­ing dou­bled the an­nual Bell Let’s Talk Com­mu­nity Fund to $ 2 mil­lion in 2018, we are help­ing some 120 or­ga­ni­za­tions across Canada, like John Howard So­ci­ety, that are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for so many peo­ple, in­clud­ing youth, who are af­fected by men­tal health is­sues in their com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Bell Let’s Talk ini­tia­tive pro­motes Cana­dian men­tal health with na­tional aware­ness and anti- stigma cam­paigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan­uary 30, and sig­nif­i­cant Bell fund­ing of com­mu­nity care and ac­cess, re­search and work­place lead­er­ship ini­tia­tives. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will do­nate five cents to Cana­dian men­tal health pro­grams for each of the fol­low­ing in­ter­ac­tions, at no ex­tra cost to par­tic­i­pants:

• Talk: Ev­ery mo­bile call and ev­ery long dis­tance call made by Bell wire­less and phone cus­tomers

• Text: Ev­ery text mes­sage sent by Bell wire­less cus­tomers

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Sandy McDon­ald, re­gional di­rec­tor for com­mu­nity af­fairs with Bell Let’s Talk presents Deb­bie Woods, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of John Howard So­ci­ety of Belleville with a cheque for $ 20,000. The funds will be used to sup­port the Belleville Youth Well­ness Hub.

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