(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service along with Youth Net/Réseau Ado have launched a series of communication products aimed at increasing awareness about the challenges of youth living with mental health concerns among police officers, police dispatchers, school resource officers as well as youth and the community at large. Youth Net/Réseau Ado is a bilingual regional mental health promotion and intervention program run by youth, for youth, within the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
"Child and youth mental health is everybody's business," stated Dr. Simon Davidson of CHEO. "Our police are vital professional partners who are keenly interested in assisting people with mental health concerns to get the right help in a timely manner. That is why partnership between Ottawa Police and Youth Net/Reseau Ado is so key."
With funding from the Department of Justice Canada, Youth Net/Réseau Ado held focus groups with youth to help collect relevant information for the mental health awareness products.
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Among the communications products developed are five Fast Fact Sheets about youth mental health concerns, a pocket-sized pamphlet containing crisis intervention information for youth seeking counseling or support, and an Ottawa Youth Mental Health Resource List.
“One in every five youth in Ontario is afflicted by a mental health issue,” stated Chief White. “If we want to help them get the right services as quickly as possible, we all need to be aware of what they are going through.”
The fact sheets, pamphlet and resource list are available at CHEO as well as various websites including http://www.ottawapolice.ca , http://www.youthnet.on.ca/ , http://www.cheo.ca and http://ementalhealth.ca .
Louise Logue, Ottawa Police Service
Telephone: 613-236-1222, ext. 5342
Jessica Ripley, Youth Net/Réseau Ado
Telephone: 613-737-7600, ext. 2764
Marie Belanger, CHEO
Telephone: 613-737-7600, ext. 2343