Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Penetanguishene announced a new mental health service for youth during this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week. The Transitional Age Youth Tele-psychiatry Consultation Service provides a one-time consultation for youth ages 16 to 24 years living in the Midland/Penetanguishene area, who are experiencing serious mental health concerns or are at risk of developing them. There will be psychiatric video consultation available four days a month for youth referred by a local family doctor or paediatrician.
The service focuses on the prevention and early intervention of mental health concerns and providing family doctors and paediatricians with diagnostic assistance, treatment advice and recommended follow-up. These initiatives are designed to help avoid crisis situations, emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
There will be an Open House on Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Chigamik Community Health Centre for family doctors, community partners and the public to learn more about the program.
For more information go to www.nsmlhin.on.ca.