Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective

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Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective

Rural Ottawa youth serving agencies have noticed that there is a lack of accessible and consistent mental health services, education, and support for rural Ottawa youth and their circles of care. In 2019, with funding from Youth CI, the Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective was established to address this problem. We have gone through several stages of funding for this project with Innoweave, and our Collective is currently in the Coaching Grant phase. We are looking at strategies to address the problem, creating activities to meet the strategies and planning outcomes and common evaluation of programs.

The Intended Impact of our Collective is that, by 2024, 30% of rural Ottawa youth will get the mental health support they need. The population we intend to serve is youth (ages 12 – 24) living in Ottawa’s rural Wards (Osgoode, West Carleton, Rideau-Goulbourn & Cumberland) and their circles of care.
In 2020, the Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective is comprised of 13 rural Ottawa youth serving organizations and individuals:

1. Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA); backbone organization
2. Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA)
3. Youth with Lived Experience
4. Youth Net; CHEO
5. Ottawa Child & Youth Initiative; (OCYI)
6. Ottawa Police Service
7. City of Ottawa; Rural Affairs
8. Youth Mental Health Counselor
9. Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC)
10. Nepean, Rideau, Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC)
11. South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre
12. Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
13. Community Development Framework (CFD)

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.