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Youth Mental Health Talks In Owen Sound

Owen Sound | by Robyn Garvey  

Keystone is welcoming the Provincial Youth Action Committee Wednesday.

Keystone is playing host to the Provincial Youth Action Committee Wednesday.

It is an opportunity to hear what this Provincial Youth Action Group has to say about mental health.

The New Mentality Provincial Youth Group will be in Owen Sound this evening to unveil their Crisis to Quality report.

The Crisis to Quality report serves as a policy paper that makes recommendation to the government and children’s mental health organizations such as Keystone on how to improve mental health services in Ontario.

This Youth Action Committee will also engage with the stakeholders and the public on how to apply these improvements to the local community.

Keystone Executive Director Phil Dodd is eager to hear what the youth have to say on the matter.

The Youth Action Group is made up of young people from across the province who consult and work with Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

Dodd says there is no shortage of need for youth mental health services and resource in Grey Bruce.

Keystone is the only Children’s Mental Health Centre in all of Grey Bruce

With 19 hundred referrals a year to Keystone, Dodd welcomes the Crisis to Quality Report, as a chance to hear directly from youthon how to improve mental health services in the community.

With 29 years of experience in children’s mental health, Dodd says a lot has changed over the years.

He believe social media has a huge bearing on the mental health issues many youth are facing.

Dodd adds anxiety is the most common issue and the number one reason for referral to Keystone.

He says anxiety can escalate to depression which can escalate to feelings of hopelessness which can lead to suicidal thoughts.

Statistically speaking, Dodd says 1 in 5 youth at some point with struggle with mental health issues.


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