Walk-in mental-health clinic for youths to open in the spring in Peterborough

February 22, 2019

A new walk-in mental-health clinic for children and teens is planned for Peterborough this spring after a 10-year surge in young people arriving at the local emergency room in crisis.

Since 2009, the number of visits from kids and teens needing mental-health care at the ER at Peterborough Regional Health Centre has increased 150 per cent, said Heather Holland, executive director of the Peterborough Youth Services counselling centre.

Holland said she thinks the surge is connected to the destigmatization of mental-health concerns: People are asking for help more often.

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