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Today, any young person 12 or older can ask for and receive mental health support without parental consent.  Mental health support is now accessible to people between the ages of 12 and 18 at The Collingwood  Youth Centre as a result of a partnerships with The Collingwood General and Marine Foundation, The Collingwood Blues Hockey Team, The Environment Network and several like minded mental health professionals in our community.

 

For well over a decade mental health services in our community, particularly for youth, have been challenging for young people to access.

 

A significant number of local youth are experiencing social anxiety and depression for many different reasons including childhood trauma, accidents, isolation due to the pandemic, just to mention a few.

Mental health support is often out of reach for the majority of our youth for a variety of reasons.  Funded services have significant waiting lists (sometimes over 6 weeks) while fee for service providers can be too expensive for many families, not to mention they too now have waiting lists, depending on the practitioner.  In addition, a young person is less likely to reach out to a professional often because it is not direct, not easy for them.  The process for asking a parent or teacher for help to find the appropriate professional creates a barrier, it is just too cumbersome. 

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The Collingwood Youth Centre now has a dedicated space for a therapist and clients to meet privately.  Therapists are available throughout the week between 3 and 8pm.  Appointments are required but, a young client simply signs up for a session themselves and a Registered Psychotherapist will contact them within 1 business day to help them choose the therapist that is right for them and has availability.


It is our intention to assist as many young people as we are able by providing them with direct access to mental health professionals preferably in person, or online or the telephone so that they can gain the tools necessary to move forward with their lives in a healthy way instead of turning to self harm, drug or alcohol use.

Resources for immediate support for mental health:

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline.

Help is available through Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) and the Hope for Wellness Help Line (1-855-242-3310).  

Or, contact the Mental Health Crisis Line at 705 728 5044

IMAGINE IF…

How might your life be different if there was a place for you to go to share your story and get support in a way that your friends and family weren’t able to help?

 

How might your life be different if in that place there was someone who understands and can answer your questions, can share your worries, and can laugh with you and you can learn from? 

 

How might your life be different if in this place it was safe to reflect upon yourself and to try new things?

If you know someone who is looking for support, please share this information with them.

 

We Can Help With

•  Anxiety

•  Grief

•  Sexuality

•  Depression

•  Divorce

•  Family Conflict

•  LGBTQ+

•  Obsessive Thoughts

•  Compulsions

•  Peer Relationships

•  School Issues

•  Relationship Issues

•  Self Esteem

•  Stress

•  Transgender

•  Trauma

•  PTSD, CPTSD

•  Women’s Issues

•  … and SO much more!

Connect with someone now!

Click the Red Chat button to connect, a Registered Psychotherapist will reply within 1 business day

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Support is also available through Home Horizon, a local organization specializing in helping individuals ages 16-29 experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

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