Early Intervention to Detect Mental Illness is a MUST to assist Youth
A recent study once again emphasizes the need for early intervention for the detection and treatment of mental illness. Far too many youth at risk of becoming homeless enter into our programs with undiagnosed mental health issues that stymie their attempts at achieving independence.
As the Globe and Mail reports on the study, “Early intervention is the holy grail of mental illness – a goal the public system aspires to, but less often delivers. People struggling with mental disorders do better the earlier they get help, and yet, while the symptoms typically emerge at a young age, treatment often doesn’t happen until much later.”
The head researcher, Dr. Rudolf Uher, argues that: “”We found that when people were talking about early interventions it was at a point when it was almost already at a full mental illness. We weren’t treating patients early enough. It’s much easier to work with anxiety in a 10-year-old, than psychosis in an adult.”
Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast homes were highlighted at the 2016 CARE Awards on October 1st at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Among the worthy winners was our own Jo-Ann Roberts who received the Building Better Futures Community Award for her fundraising work with Threshold Housing Society.
The Victoria Residential Builders Association created the Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards in 1991 to recognize the west coast’s creative design and craftsmanship, and celebrate excellence in the industry.
How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to ending youth homelessness, pledging to invest $10 million over three years through The Orange Door Project. This initiative will give homeless youth the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.
One component of The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot’s national fundraising campaign. From now until October 9, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper door in support of a local youth-focused housing charity.
Thank you for all involved in the Theshold Painting Party! What a fun time the volunteers had, and all for helping future transitional youth in the Greater Victoria area.
Threshold House, our newest home, will open this September 1st, and the preparations are well on it’s way, including this past Saturday’s painting party. Staff & volutneers have been renovating & painting busily at Threshold House this month, and we are looking for all the help we can get.
For more details, please read the Times Colonists article by reporter Sarah Petrescu linked below —
Home Depot team arriving at home for vulnerable youth
Home Depot Associates appeared on July 12 at a new Threshold facility under renovation. With military organization, the Home Depot team brought along 40 volunteers from Victoria, Duncan and Vancouver to do a “painting-blitz.” The new house, located in Oak Bay (Victoria) is over 6000 square feet with 8 self-contained living units, a commercial size kitchen and common areas.
These amazing volunteers painted all the rooms in just under 5 hours! Organized by Cameron Rundell and Brendon Campbell with the help of Deanne Pickering, Jason Handley and “Captain Morgan,” this amazing team were organized into sma
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness has released a policy brief where we make the case that there is now an opportunity for the Government of Canada to work with community partners to address youth homelessness in a much more strategic and effective manner.
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