Ontario expanding Walk-In Mental Health and Addictions Services for Youth in Haliburton
Feb. 8, 2020
Global Korean Post
Ontario is expanding community-based mental health and addictions services for youth and young adults, so hospital emergency departments are not the only option for someone in crisis.
Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, to celebrate the grand opening of the Haliburton Youth Wellness Hub. The new hub will provide people between the ages of 12 and 25 with easy access to walk-in services such as mental health, addictions and crisis support, counselling, primary care and social supports related to employment, income and housing.
“For the past year, we’ve been travelling the province to hear about the changes Ontarians expect to see in our province’s mental health and addictions system,” said Elliott. “Investing in innovative solutions like the Haliburton Youth Wellness Hub, which fills an urgent gap in care, is another example of how our government is listening and delivering more accessible, coordinated mental health and addictions services for our youth and young adults. Our government is building a system that ensures every person in Ontario is supported throughout their journey towards mental wellness.”
The Haliburton Youth Wellness Hub will provide one-stop-shop support for 750 youth and young adults per year in Haliburton with coordinated mental health, addictions and social services, early identification and prevention, and seamless access to more specialized care and treatment, if needed.
“The Haliburton Youth Wellness Hub will give area youth and young adults a safe and reliable place to get the mental health, addictions and social supports they need, and more importantly, a place to belong and call their own,” said Scott. “Every year, more than one million Ontarians experience a mental health or addictions challenge, which can impact their quality of life, including the ability to go to school or make a living.”