With mental health struggles on the rise, we are making a commitment to bring mental health services closer to families in Niagara South.
Our goal is to ensure kids are in care and not sitting on a wait list which has begun to happen over the past two years. (current waitlist is 400+ kids)
Our problem is that in year one of the pandemic, we experienced a 35 percent spike in number of kids we were seeing. In year two, that caseload has not been stifled (approx. 10,000 kids seen each year). We need more space and more staff to respond to the growing needs, and it can’t wait another minute.
Our solution is to reach into every corner of our community, enabling us to see more kids and keep them closer to home. Nearly 40 percent of the kids and families we see are from Niagara South. That means, parents and caregivers are investing endless hours driving children to and from St. Catharines for mental health support.