A ‘Devine’ Day For RVH
Devine Ride raises $8K for Child and Youth Mental Health Program
The counting is complete.
The cheque has been delivered.
The recent Devine Ride – a motorcycle rally through Simcoe County and Muskoka – raised $8,028 for the Simcoe Muskoka Child and Youth Mental Health Program at RVH.
Rock 95/Kool Fm announcer Brenda Devine organized the ride as part of the station’s Young Minds Matter fundraising campaign.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] “Our region badly needed this program for youth struggling with mental health which is why I am so proud to contribute to this cause,” says Devine. “I am grateful to the radio stations, the record number of participants, the donors and the volunteers who united with me to ensure the event was a fantastic ride for a very worthwhile cause.”[/perfectpullquote]
The RVH Simcoe Muskoka Child and Youth Mental Health program opened in late 2017. It features an eight-bed inpatient unit where approximately 300 young people will be cared for each year. One in five young people suffers from mental illness but until the program opened, North Simcoe Muskoka was the only region in Ontario without a hospital-based child and youth mental health program. Youth who are experiencing acute mental health issues now have access to specialized inpatient services for stabilization and treatment at RVH. Most recently, RVH also opened a Day Program offering academic and mental health services for high school students unable to attend regular classes due to a diagnosis of anxiety or depression.