TO SUPPORT CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
Eleven-thousand dollars was recently donated to New Path Foundation in support of child and youth mental health services in Simcoe County. The money was raised through the first annual golf tournament at Innisbrook Golf Course organized by A Man’s Zone Barbershop in Barrie.
“We are so thankful for the ongoing support that Grace Dajo and the team at A Man’s Zone Barbershop provide to New Path,” says James Thomson, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, New Path Foundation. “Funds raised through this event allow us to provide much needed supports to help children and youth in our community living with a mental health challenge.”
Over the past 6 years, A Man’s Zone Barbershop has raised over $25,000 in support of child and youth mental health services through the Help the 1 in 5 fund. The fund was established to bring the community together in support of children, youth and their families affected by a mental health challenge. All the money raised through Help the 1 in 5 supports New Path Youth and Family Services which provides innovative, accessible and timely child and youth mental health supports in the county.
“A Man’s Zone has been a proud supporter of New Path for the past 6 years. This year we changed our fundraising event from having a BBQ to hosting a golf tournament. This ended up being a huge success,” says Grace Dajo, Owner, A Man’s Zone Barbershop. “We thank all of our sponsors, participants, volunteers, prize donors, friends and family for their support.
This will be an annual event and we’re excited to continue our fundraising journey with New Path. See you next year!”
1 in 5 Ontario children and youth has a diagnosable mental health concern and research has proven that early intervention is critical to providing children and youth with a hopeful and healthy future. The services being offered by community-based mental health agencies, such as New Path Youth and Family Services, are crucial to helping children and youth in our communities overcome their challenges.
· Children’s mental health disorders can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms in children are often different from the symptoms experienced by adults. It is important that children and youth receive an accurate diagnosis.
· To access supports, parents can usually approach accredited agencies, like New Path Youth and Family Services directly; a doctor’s referral is not required. Services are provided at no cost.
· In Simcoe County, New Path Youth and Family Services offers a wide-range of short and long-term mental health supports. Child and youth mental health Walk-In Clinics are the first step to accessing these supports.
· In response to community demand. New Path Youth and Family Services began offering child and youth mental health walk-in clinics for those needing immediate support.
· Mental health walk-in clinics are the first step to accessing other, short and long-term, mental health supports at the organization including child, youth and group counselling.
There are so many ways to help children, youth and their families struggling with mental health challenges in Simcoe County. To learn more visit: newpath.ca. For more information on how to get involved visit: newpath.ca/get-involved
About New Path Youth Foundation
New Path Foundation is a public foundation with a volunteer Board of Directors which serves as a link between donors, charitable interests and the vital needs of community members. New Path Foundation develops and manages philanthropic investment and mobilizes community support directed to New Path Youth and Family Services, which offers a wide-range of innovative, accessible and timely mental health services for children, youth and their families throughout Simcoe County.