New Path adding to virtual services with free online mental health supports for Simcoe County families

Demand for child and youth mental health services has increased during pandemic

New Path Youth and Family Services has responded to an increased demand for child and youth mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency has expanded its virtual services to include online mental health counselling in addition to call-in counselling services currently being provided.

“Families need mental health support more than ever and we want to make sure that all children, youth and their families in Simcoe County have access to free, professional counselling services,” says Michelle Vennard, New Path Youth & Family Services Director of Services. “This is why the addition of online counselling services as well as the continuation of our call-in counselling services is such an important step forward.”

Examples of services include helping children and youth with anxiety and stress or uncertainty about the future.

“The virtual (online) sessions have really helped my daughter to connect and engage in her experience with New Path. We feel very fortunate to have been able to access the New Path service via phone and internet,” says a New Path Parent. “Virtual sessions are a great way to allow children to get help from the comfort of their home. The safety system that is part of the virtual session allows a trusting and safe environment for children to receive the help they need. I would highly recommend the New Path virtual session as my daughter has had a wonderful experience.”

Approximately one in five children and youth in Ontario has a diagnosable mental health disorder. The agency said that if left untreated, these can lead to serious long-term consequences for children or youth and their families.

To access these support families and youth should call or email New Path at 705-725-7656 / 1-866-566-7656 (from 905 area code) or info@newpath.ca.