For the next year and a half, the Cor Van Raay YMCA will be able to expand their youth mental wellness program thanks to some government funding. Over six million dollars has been invested into different YMCA’s across the country to help support the club’s Y Mind Medicine program. Director of Community Programs at Cor Van Raay explains how the money will help.
“We were really grateful to be considered as one of the sites and have been really excited to be a successful candidate. And so this investment from the government of Canada that we get to be part of brings a series of workshops to young people who are experiencing stress, anxiety, other mental health concerns, and just helps them learn really valuable tools to actually deal with that and not gloss over it or say it’ll probably get better. Because we are hearing from young people and the people that care about them that this is really a hard time, and so we’re grateful to be here for them,” said Kristina Larkin, Director of Community Programs, Cor Van Raay YMCA Lethbridge.
Lethbridge’s YMCA received about $175,000 that will go into their program.