Mental Health

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GEARED-TO-INCOME COUNSELLING PROGRAM: FAMILY SERVICE KENT
Not all support services are covered by OHIP and the cost could be the difference between keeping a roof over your head or receiving the support you need. Each year, an average of 170 people receive access to affordable, professional counselling services for children, youth and adults, where an emotional relationship or family difficulty is compromising their ability to healthily function.

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GO GIRLS & GAME ON PROGRAMS: BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS CHATHAM-KENT
Middle years children (6-12) are exploring who they are and who they want to be. They are learning skills and health habits, grappling with the physical changes plus their social and emotional impacts that come with puberty, and exploring their concept of self and spirit. It is also a time when early indicators of mental health, behavioral and learning challenges emerge. These are often known as the “seven years of warning” — when early interventions can make a big impact on long-term outcomes. Go Girls and Game On are in-school early intervention group programs designed to support at-risk girls and boys with youth mentorship at this formative age by strengthening the odds for the development of healthy bodies and healthy minds.

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KIDS’ CIRCLE PROGRAM: ERIE ST. CLAIR VON
The death of a parent can represent one of the most devastating life experiences for a child. When children and teens do not have the tools and resources to deal with their grief, this can often result in withdrawal from social activities, lack of concentration in school affecting their grades, and for some, dropping out of school altogether. We are working to help make sure that doesn’t happen. Each year, an average of 200 children and teens who are experiencing a life-threatening illness themselves, or that of a loved one receive support.

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FAMILY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM - ACCESS OPEN MINDS: CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION | LAMBTON-KENT
Supporting your child who may be experiencing a mental health issue can be a frightening experience as a parent - not knowing what to say, where to turn, or how to help. The Family Connections Program provides support and education to family members to better engage with their youth, diffuse any escalating emotional distress and instill lifelong skills for managing an emotional crisis.

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