Youth mental health services in Hamilton receive boost

News Mar 29, 2016 by Steve Buist The Hamilton Spectator

Mental health services for children and youth in Hamilton received a $214,300 boost in funding from the Ontario government Tuesday.

The additional money will be spread between Good Shepherd Hamilton, the francophone Centre de Santé Communautaire and Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services and result in the hiring of three full-time equivalent positions.

"Our government wants to make sure we're giving children and youth the best opportunity at a bright future," said Ted McMeekin, Liberal MPP for Ancaster-Dundas Flamborough-Westdale, who made the announcement on behalf of Ontario's Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

"By having our local agencies identify where the need is most, we're making the right investments to support young, healthy minds," McMeekin said.

"This isn't all that we need to do, but it's a good start," he added.

The funding will allow Good Shepherd Hamilton to expand its mobile mental health program for homeless youth and create a new mental health service for LGBTQ youth.

Katherine Kalinowski, assistant executive director of programs for Good Shepherd Hamilton, expects the expanded services to have a tremendous impact.

"The way we look at it is if we don't make these investments in people when they're young, we are going to be dealing with them as our next generation of homeless folks in our community and be making ongoing investments trying to solve a problem that could have been stemmed earlier on."

Good Shepherd's Notre Dame House for youth in Hamilton's downtown core assists as many as 500 young people a month and serves 100 meals a day.

The money will also help Centre de Santé Communautaire reduce wait lists for francophone youth in need of mental health services.

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services received a one-time injection of $60,000 to help provide trauma counselling for refugee and immigrant children and youth.

"It's more than just finding a sponsor," said McMeekin, speaking about the recent influx of Syrian refugees. "You've got young kids, many of whom have been out of school for years. They don't speak English; they're from a different culture; it's cold — it's pretty daunting."

It's estimated that nearly one in five children and young people in Ontario can expect to experience mental health challenges at some point.

sbuist@thespec.com

905-526-3226

Youth mental health services in Hamilton receive boost

News Mar 29, 2016 by Steve Buist The Hamilton Spectator

Mental health services for children and youth in Hamilton received a $214,300 boost in funding from the Ontario government Tuesday.

The additional money will be spread between Good Shepherd Hamilton, the francophone Centre de Santé Communautaire and Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services and result in the hiring of three full-time equivalent positions.

"Our government wants to make sure we're giving children and youth the best opportunity at a bright future," said Ted McMeekin, Liberal MPP for Ancaster-Dundas Flamborough-Westdale, who made the announcement on behalf of Ontario's Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

"By having our local agencies identify where the need is most, we're making the right investments to support young, healthy minds," McMeekin said.

"This isn't all that we need to do, but it's a good start," he added.

The funding will allow Good Shepherd Hamilton to expand its mobile mental health program for homeless youth and create a new mental health service for LGBTQ youth.

Katherine Kalinowski, assistant executive director of programs for Good Shepherd Hamilton, expects the expanded services to have a tremendous impact.

"The way we look at it is if we don't make these investments in people when they're young, we are going to be dealing with them as our next generation of homeless folks in our community and be making ongoing investments trying to solve a problem that could have been stemmed earlier on."

Good Shepherd's Notre Dame House for youth in Hamilton's downtown core assists as many as 500 young people a month and serves 100 meals a day.

The money will also help Centre de Santé Communautaire reduce wait lists for francophone youth in need of mental health services.

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services received a one-time injection of $60,000 to help provide trauma counselling for refugee and immigrant children and youth.

"It's more than just finding a sponsor," said McMeekin, speaking about the recent influx of Syrian refugees. "You've got young kids, many of whom have been out of school for years. They don't speak English; they're from a different culture; it's cold — it's pretty daunting."

It's estimated that nearly one in five children and young people in Ontario can expect to experience mental health challenges at some point.

sbuist@thespec.com

905-526-3226

Youth mental health services in Hamilton receive boost

News Mar 29, 2016 by Steve Buist The Hamilton Spectator

Mental health services for children and youth in Hamilton received a $214,300 boost in funding from the Ontario government Tuesday.

The additional money will be spread between Good Shepherd Hamilton, the francophone Centre de Santé Communautaire and Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services and result in the hiring of three full-time equivalent positions.

"Our government wants to make sure we're giving children and youth the best opportunity at a bright future," said Ted McMeekin, Liberal MPP for Ancaster-Dundas Flamborough-Westdale, who made the announcement on behalf of Ontario's Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

"By having our local agencies identify where the need is most, we're making the right investments to support young, healthy minds," McMeekin said.

"This isn't all that we need to do, but it's a good start," he added.

The funding will allow Good Shepherd Hamilton to expand its mobile mental health program for homeless youth and create a new mental health service for LGBTQ youth.

Katherine Kalinowski, assistant executive director of programs for Good Shepherd Hamilton, expects the expanded services to have a tremendous impact.

"The way we look at it is if we don't make these investments in people when they're young, we are going to be dealing with them as our next generation of homeless folks in our community and be making ongoing investments trying to solve a problem that could have been stemmed earlier on."

Good Shepherd's Notre Dame House for youth in Hamilton's downtown core assists as many as 500 young people a month and serves 100 meals a day.

The money will also help Centre de Santé Communautaire reduce wait lists for francophone youth in need of mental health services.

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services received a one-time injection of $60,000 to help provide trauma counselling for refugee and immigrant children and youth.

"It's more than just finding a sponsor," said McMeekin, speaking about the recent influx of Syrian refugees. "You've got young kids, many of whom have been out of school for years. They don't speak English; they're from a different culture; it's cold — it's pretty daunting."

It's estimated that nearly one in five children and young people in Ontario can expect to experience mental health challenges at some point.

sbuist@thespec.com

905-526-3226