Ontario expands virtual mental health counseling for youth | globalnews.ca

Ontario is committing $4.75 million toward expanding a virtual walk-in counseling program for children and youth to access mental health services.

health minister Sylvia Jones They say one stop talk The program is a way of offering young people modern, convenient alternatives to the ways in which they are used to communicating.

The program allows youth to speak with a therapist without an appointment via phone, video conference, text and chat.

It started two months ago involving six mental-health organizations and is now being expanded to more organizations and waiting list patients.

The government also says it is adding eight new youth welfare centres, bringing the total to 22 across the province.

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Hubs connect young people to mental health and substance use support, primary care and social services.

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