The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has announced a $2.1 billion investment that will create six new youth mental health care and addiction services hubs across the province.

The Niagara Region has been determined as one of the hub locations.  Other locales include:  Kenora, Malton, North Simcoe, Haliburton, and Cornwall.

Just to put a perspective on mental health care in general for youth, here are some facts about youth and mental health from the Pathstone Mental Health Website:

-The onset of most mental illnesses occurs in adolescence or early adulthood.

-15 to 24 year olds have the highest level of unmet mental health needs of any age group (among ages 15+)

-Every day, 120 young people attempt suicide in Ontario; every week, on average, two or three succeed. Suicide is second only to accidents as the leading cause of death in young people 10 to 17.

In the new hubs, some of the services that will be offered include access to mental health assessments, addiction and substance treatments, therapy, and counselling.

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