Since 2011, we have provided free therapy to over 300 youth, with no wait list. We've also spoken to over 3500 students, to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
Young Ones envisions a future where mental health challenges are not a mark of shame, but rather a signifier of individual difference and unique experience. Where youth are able to quickly and easily access the treatment and support they need. We are building towards this future by addressing the common barriers of financial need, long waiting lists, and wide-spread discrimination.
Today, Young Ones is working to become the largest mental health focused non-profit within the Greater Toronto Area. We're building towards a future where:
- Students get Young Ones pamphlets in every university and high school orientation package;
- Young professionals have access to cheap anxiety management workshops;
- We continue to provide immediate and free treatment to anyone between the ages of 13-24 and in financial need.
Young Ones is a charitable organization that works to break down the economic and social barriers faced by youth experiencing mental health challenges. Our mission is to assist youth in realizing better mental health through the provision of support, treatment and education from a harm reduction perspective.
In partnership with our team of mental health professionals, we provide timely access to treatment and support for youth ages 13 to 24, who are in financial need and struggling with mental health challenges, addictions or concurrent disorders. We are dedicated to raising awareness around mental health challenges and offer anti-stigma education programs facilitated by consumer-survivors.
How We Started
A young Toronto woman founded Young Ones, as a result of her own experiences with the mental health and addiction systems. These experiences brought to light the barriers many youth encounter when attempting to recover and access treatment, including age, cost and availability. She also witnessed how stigma and discrimination can prevent youth from reaching out for help or staying in treatment. She believed that in order to improve the mental health system it was important to have others with lived experience involved in the treatment and recovery process. Driven by her desire to ensure no youth had to face the barriers she faced in treatment, she founded Young Ones in August 2011.
What We've Achieved
- Provided free and therapy to over 300 youth between the ages of 13 and 24 .
Almost all youth that come to us are seen within 48 hours.
Presented to TESHH Housing, CODA Health, Sick Kids Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Canada.
- Presented to over 3500 students at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, Durham College, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and Toronto District Schools and after-school programs.