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Sudbury youth share hopeful messages about transitioning to adult mental health and addiction services

​May 3, 2016 - For some youth, moving into the adult mental health and addictions system can be a daunting experience. Many young people can feel like they have little support.  That is why the Sudbury Manitoulin Service Collaborative released a new video featuring young people who have made the transition and want to share hopeful and encouraging messages with other Ontario youth.  Sponsored by CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), the Sudbury Manitoulin Service Collaborative is one of 18 implemented in the first three years of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

“Transition can be hard,” says Shane, a youth in the video. “But think of it this way, once you transition then you can take more responsibility for stuff. Your actions can speak volumes.”

Sudbury youth Youth in the video share hopeful messages with peers

“The Youth in Transition video is a great tool for youth who are uncertain about taking the next steps to access mental health and addiction services,” said Maureen McClelland, Tri-Chair of the Sudbury Manitoulin Service Collaborative, and Associate Vice-President of Clinical Transformation and Transitions at Health Sciences North.

The video complements a new transition protocol that was developed by the Sudbury Manitoulin Service Collaborative and launched in the Sudbury, Manitoulin Island and Chapleau areas last summer. Using this approach, service providers are helping youth move to adult services. A key part of the protocol is to help foster personal and therapeutic relationships between youth and service providers – something that is vital to a young person’s care. The Service Collaborative also worked with mindyourmind to create the Be Safe app, which helps youth to prepare a safety plan should they find themselves in a crisis.

“The local CAMH PSSP team is thrilled with the outcome of the Sudbury Manitoulin Service Collaborative and appreciates the collaboration and solid relationships they have built over the past few years,” said Sandra Watson, Regional Implementation Coordinator. The team’s next project in the District of Nipissing is one of five new Service Collaboratives launching this year. New community partners will convene to identify and address other needs in Ontario’s mental health and addictions system.

The Youth in Transition video can be viewed below.

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