Mental health in young people affects us all. We may not talk about it our families because we're ashamed. We may not know what to do or where to turn so we try to deal with it ourselves. We may ignore it and hope they grow out of it. Non of these is effective:
As many as two million young people in Canada are struggling with mental health issues such as an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression or addiction. Only one in five will get specialized treatment. There are plenty of mental health services available for young people, but the system is confusing. It can be extremely difficult for families to find their way to the right program, especially during a crisis. Sunnybrook's Family Navigation Project partners families with professional navigators. These navigators are knowledgeable about what services exist, and become allies in guiding families toward the right care at the right time.I've had mental issues as an adult and I've been fortunate to have had professional services easily available. I can't imagine what it would have been like as a teenager scared to death to talk to family or friends and with nowhere to turn. I can't imaine it! I'm running to help change that and I'm hoping you will help me with your donation.
On Saturday, September 17 I'm running in the 15K RBC Race for the Kids event. It's the longest of the three race events but you knew I'd do that. I haven't raced a 15K event since the Bread and Honey 15K in Mississauga well over 25 years ago. I'm looking forward to it and of course have some time goals...I'll share those closer to race day. In the meantime, I'm hoping you'll donate on my personal page: ThatRunninGuy racing for Kids Mental Health.
Until next time...