Free psychological well being program for teenagers and youth comes again to Simcoe County – Barrie

Youth in want of psychological well being assist will be capable to entry a free psychological wellness program again within the Simcoe County area in November.

The Y Thoughts program is a collaboration between the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka, Catholic Household Companies of Simcoe County and Waypoint Centre for Psychological Well being Care.

The early intervention psychological wellness program focuses on serving to lower the boundaries teenagers and youth face when accessing psychological well being assist.

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka CEO Jill Tettmann says their aim is to assist younger individuals experiencing gentle to reasonable anxiousness study efficient abilities to enhance their psychological well being

“The pandemic has elevated charges of hysteria amongst our younger individuals. Growing accessibility to psychological well being assist by way of Y Thoughts is significant to the well-being of our communities,” says Tettmann.

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“We’re happy to have the ability to lengthen entry to teenagers ages 13 to 18 to assist assist much more younger individuals which can be struggling.”

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The seven-week program is obtainable for younger individuals aged 18 to 30 and a newly added session for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18.

Organizers say no medical referral is required, and this system is free for individuals.

“We’ve seen optimistic suggestions from our individuals within the first session of the Y Thoughts program in April 2022, and I’m trying ahead to seeing the impacts these applications could have on extra teenagers, youth and households,” says Janette McGee, normal supervisor of youth providers on the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka.

Organizers say this system is designed to shut current service gaps and assist teenagers and youth thrive.

Contributors can even be given a free two-month UMCA Health Membership.

Folks will likely be break up into teams of 10 to 12 and work with skilled psychological well being practitioners.

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“Y Thoughts will likely be a protected and welcoming place for the kids and youth in our communities to attach with others who’ve comparable experiences and study new methods to enhance their psychological well being,” says Amanda Fellows, program supervisor of neighborhood improvement at Catholic Household Companies of Simcoe County.

The Y Thoughts Teen program for individuals aged 13 to 18 provides two seven-week periods beginning on
Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8, each from 3:30 to five p.m.

The Y Thoughts Youth program for these aged 18 to 30 provides two seven-week periods beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Restricted areas for these on-line periods are nonetheless obtainable. To study extra or register, name or textual content 705-718-0097 or e-mail

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