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Mental Health in Motion event raises $122,644 for youth mental health

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York Region South Simcoe’s June 9th fundraising event, Mental Health in Motion, drew more than 300 community members who took part in walking, cycling and running to support CMHA’s Mobile Youth Walk-In Clinic (MOBYSS).

“With the rising rates of anxiety and depression among youth, it’s crucial that teens have immediate access to help when they need it most,” says Rebecca Shields, CEO of CMHA York Region South Simcoe. “Since its inception in 2015, MOBYSS has provided life-saving care to thousands of youths across York Region and South Simcoe. Thanks to our community’s support during this year’s Mental Health in Motion, we will continue to deliver excellent care to our youth.”

As of the closing of the fundraising portal at the end of June, Mental Health in Motion raised $122,644 through peer-to-peer efforts, sponsorships, corporate donations, on-site purchasing, and the silent auction. Individual fundraising efforts were led by Judy Brunton with $10,190 and the top fundraising team was Team Timbo, which raised $7,930.

Youth Mental Health Programs in York Region and South Simcoe CMHA offers a variety of mental health programs for individuals aged 12 and above including MOBYSS (pronounced mo-bies), Ontario’s first mobile health clinic for youth ages 12 to 25. MOBYSS travels to where youth are in York Region and South Simcoe, offering free support for mental health, physical health, and sexual health support. Learn more at mobyss.ca.

Additional youth services include supportive Youth Wellness, BounceBack Ontario for youth (15-17), newcomers support, housing support services, employment services, case management, recovery-oriented groups and more. CMHA York Region South Simcoe also offers Family Support Groups for those who are caring for a loved one with mental illness. For more information visit cmha-yr-on.ca/programs/youth.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health with 75 branches across the country, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness and addiction.

CMHA York Region South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) is one of the fastest growing branches of CMHA, last year serving more than 20,000 clients. With a vision of providing Mental Health to All, CMHA-YRSS offers more than 30 mental health and addictions programs for youth, adults, family caregivers, local businesses and community organizations.

Learn more at cmha-yr.on.ca.

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