Help For Northern Manitoba Youth

THOMPSON, MB – The government of Manitoba has opened a new centre to help youth in northern Manitoba whoa re dealing with a mental health or addiction crisis.

Services are now available at the new Hope North Recovery Centre for Youth.

“While services have been available at a temporary location, this new facility offers a place for youth in the north to come to when they need crisis services for mental health or addictions issues,” said Goertzen.  “I want to thank our partners and the community for their support and hard work in making this project a reality.”

The new, $7.7-million, 9,000-sq.-ft. facility is located close to Thompson General Hospital and is next to the new Addictions Foundation of Manitoba residential treatment facility.

Services available at the facility include:

  • a four-bed crisis stabilization unit which will provide a secure place for youth undergoing a mental health crisis, including youth at risk for suicide, for up to one week;
  • a two-bed addictions stabilization unit for youth who are severely and persistently abusing drugs, with involuntary admissions guided by The Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act; and
  • a base for mobile crisis and outreach services, which provide intervention and assessment for youth in Thompson and within a 110-kilometre radius.

The building is designed to be energy efficient, with less energy usage and improved indoor air quality.

“The community had the opportunity to provide advice on the design and the layout of the building, which includes natural light and large windows to better connect youth to the outdoors nearby,” said Kelly Bindle, MLA for Thompson, who attended the event in the community today on behalf of Goertzen.  “I know this new facility will make a real difference for youth and their families here in northern Manitoba, and I congratulate everyone as this new centre opens.”

Spencer Fernando, MyToba News

Photo – Twitter (Kelly Bindle)

Spencer Fernando is a columnist and reporter for MyToba News. You can read more of Spencer’s writing at his website
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