It’s time to start talking about child and youth mental health – break the stigma!
In North Simcoe Muskoka there is a critical need for child and youth mental health services given that as many as 16,000 area young people experience a mental illness. Since 2007, the number of days that area children and youth have spent in the region’s hospitals suffering from mental health issues has tripled. RVH will soon open an eight-bed Child and Youth Mental Health inpatient unit along with a Day Hospital program. The unit will be able to provide much needed mental health support for as many as 300 youth in crisis and an additional 3,000 young people a year on an outpatient basis.
It is a plan fully aligned with the provincial government’s mental health strategy to provide fast access to high-quality services, early identification and support for vulnerable children with unique needs.
RVH has the solution for the crisis currently plaguing children and youth suffering with mental illness. Find out more about the need and how you can help here.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in Simcoe Muskoka.
Dr. Boer talks about some possible signs, and getting the conversation started.