Integrated Youth Services Network – Guelph, ON
By Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
Prior to the pandemic 1 in 5 youth were impacted by mental health. Since COVID-19, more than half (59%) of parents noted behavioral changes in their youth ranging from outbursts or extreme irritability to drastic changes in mood, behavior or personality and difficulty sleeping/altered sleeping patterns as well as persistent sadness and more. We now feel 3 in 5 are struggling significantly – that is 26,000 youth in our immediate area between the ages of 12 and 26. With your help the IYSN will provide 7 hubs across Wellington and Guelph by providing immediate access to services which directly address mental health and substance abuse needs of youth. Providing easy access to service will help us intervene earlier and help to prevent the complex mental health and addiction crisis issues we are currently experiencing.
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