As many as two million young people in Canada are struggling with mental health issues such as an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression or addiction, and yet only one in five will get specialized treatment. This is largely because families don’t know where to turn to find the services their children need.
“The Family Navigation Project helps families who have a young person suffering from a mental health issue or addiction,” says Dr. Anthony Levitt, medical director of the Family Navigation Project. “We find the help and find it now.”
There are plenty of mental health services available for young people, he says, but the system is confusing. It can be extremely difficult for families to find their way to the right program, especially during a crisis. Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project partners families with professional navigators. These navigators are knowledgeable about what services exist, and become allies in guiding families toward the right care at the right time.
Thanks to generous support from the RBC Run for the Kids™, the Family Navigation Project has launched ahead of schedule and is already servicing vulnerable youth in the GTA.