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New youth mental health centre gets funding boost

NorWest Co-op Community Health is launching a youth mental health centre and support services program with a $100,000 donation from the RBC Foundation.

RBC Regional Vice President Holly Toupin presents a piece of artwork to Nancy Heinrichs, Executive Director from NorWest Co-op Community Health, as well as Karla Atanacio, from NorWest's youth advisory committee, the Youth Ambassadors for Mental Health.

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RBC Regional Vice President Holly Toupin presents a piece of artwork to Nancy Heinrichs, Executive Director from NorWest Co-op Community Health, as well as Karla Atanacio, from NorWest's youth advisory committee, the Youth Ambassadors for Mental Health.

Young people in Winnipeg will soon have somewhere new to turn for mental health support—the NorWest Youth Hub.

NorWest Co-op Community Health (NWCCH) is billing the hub as a “new accessible and youth-led initiative to reach young people along the continuum of mental health needs.”

It will be based out of a “first of its kind” integrated service centre in the Inkster and Seven Oaks area that will offer services including primary care, counselling, addictions and vocational services “under one roof.”

In a prepared statement, NWCCH said the program run out of the hub will “focus on prevention and early identification.”

A $100,000 gift from the RBC Youth Mental Health Project helped kick start funding for the program, Tuesday.

Project manager Laura Horodecki said the initiative has been in the works “for over two years.”

“Our youth advisory committee, the Youth Ambassadors for Mental health, has been a guiding force,” she explained. “We envision the Youth Hub to become a vibrant, youth-led space in the heart of our community, accessible and meaningful to al youth that walk in the door.” 

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