New mental health and addictions centre for transitional age youth
Supported by Mike Weir Foundation
SARNIA, ON – September 19, 2019 – Today, Mike Weir is hosting a sold out golf tournament in support of a youth mental health and addictions centre for Sarnia Lambton. Today’s event underscores the commitment the Mike Weir Foundation recently made towards the creation of a youth centre – called ACCESS Open Minds – in Sarnia.
More than 75 per cent of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25, and yet, many traditional services aren’t equipped to address the unique barriers that young people face to accessing mental health support. A Sarnia-Lambton ACCESS Centre will address this critical gap, by providing tailored and holistic mental health and addiction support to 11 - 25 year olds. With a focus on early intervention, the Centre will work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future. This is a unique opportunity to change how our youth’s generation associate mental health care as a mainstream health resource, reducing the potential long term impact that mental illness can have, if gone undetected. A Sarnia-Lambton ACCESS Centre will be designed not just for youth in our community but with them, to ensure their needs are met, their voices are heard and that the hub reflects the needs of our community.
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
For more information, media may contact:
Mike Weir Foundation
Julia Oosterman - Chief, Communications & Public Affairs
Bluewater Health Foundation
Kathy Alexander – Executive Director