Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective

Concerns have been raised that youth in rural Ottawa are facing a serious gap in accessible and consistent mental health support, education and service. In order to address these issues, a group of rural Ottawa youth serving agencies are undertaking a Collective Impact project. This group is the Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective.

Our project is in the ‘Exploration’ phase right now. But, our intended long term impact is that: By 2024, rural Ottawa youth will report a significant increase in mental health clinical supports, education / prevention skills and circle of care supports that are accessible and consistent in their community. To learn more about this Exploration Phase, please have a look at our Logic Model below.

The target population for our project is youth (ages 12 – 24) living in Ottawa’s rural Wards (Osgoode, West Carleton, Rideau-Goulbourn & Cumberland) and their circle of care.

The success of our Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health project is dependent upon the feedback we get in the next few months from rural Ottawa residents.

What can you do to help?

Complete a Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Needs Assessment online survey

Click HERE for the Survey

Arrange for a One-on-One Interview
Please contact us to book an appointment for an interview.  Each interview will last approx. 45 minutes. Please email to book your interview. We are interested in interviewing both youth (ages 12 – 24) and adults (age 25+) who would like to comment on youth mental health supports in rural Ottawa.

The Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective is currently comprised of:

  • Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA); backbone organization
  • Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA)
  • Richmond Youth Centre
  • Youth with Lived Experience
  • Youth Net; CHEO
  • YouthREX
  • Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child
  • and Youth Mental Health
  • Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee
  • Ottawa Child & Youth Initiative (OCYI)
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Ottawa Police Service
  • City of Ottawa; Rural Affairs
  • United Way Ottawa
  • Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC)
  • Nepean, Rideau, Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC)
  • South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre
  • Community Development Framework

The current phase of the Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective is being funded by Innoweave. O-YA also received funding from the City of Ottawa’s Rural Community Building Grant to help with the Osgoode Ward Community Needs Assessment.