5 ladies standing outside holding a copy of the youth mental health directory with brick wall in backgroundIn celebration of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and community partners announced the launch of the Mental Health Resource Directory for youth in South Georgian Bay.

Over the past six months a small group of medical students, university students and physicians from the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and local communities, created a directory of services that has the potential to improve mental health care for youth in the area.

The Directory outlines local mental health resources for young people in the South Georgian Bay area and will be available at municipal offices, schools, doctors’ offices, in the hospital and online. Additionally, it will also help professionals such as doctors, teachers, police officers and other public servants to be better equipped to direct youth towards the help they need.

The Mental Health Resource Directory was established through the generous donation of the Henry J and Marilyn Knowles Family of Collingwood, Ontario. This CGMH Foundation program enhances research opportunities and initiatives for students at CGMH and the Rural Ontario Medical Program.

“I am pleased that through this mental health resource initiative, primary care physicians will be able to source support and resources for youth seeking help,” Marilyn Knowles, donor.

Dr. Michael Lisi, Chief of Staff at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital emphasizes the importance of this initiative, “The Interprofessional Health and Research Day 2017’s focus on Youth Mental Health brings a much anticipated new resource tool to the local community. Healthcare providers and community members now have an easily accessible list of services, which can aid and support those in need. This valued resource now exists, thanks to the efforts of our community organizations, the Rural Ontario Medical Program, CGMH and our Collingwood Hospital Foundation donors."