With the majority of youth from care experiencing some form of trauma throughout their early lives, mental health has become a primary focus for their healing and recovery. After all, it’s no secret that left untreated, mental health issues can have incredibly adverse effects, and completely hinder an individual’s future success and stability. That’s why, with generous funding from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, the Canada Post Foundation, and the WB Family Foundation, we’ve launched a brand new initiative that focuses on the mental health needs of youth from care, many of whom, until now, have been unable to access this type of psychotherapy on a reliable and time sensitive basis.
Offered through the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program will reach approximately 50 children annually. These youth will have access to this evidence-based treatment and work closely with a local, community-based mental health practitioner for eight to 12 weeks of therapy to learn new ways of thinking and behaving in order to help them better cope with anxiety, depression, and trauma.
“For most of my life I feel like I have not been told what I am capable of doing; instead I’ve been told what I’m incapable of. This has had a tremendous impact on my self-esteem and I’ve kept asking myself: Am I actually good at anything?” – Arthur, former youth in care & Children’s Aid Foundation funding recipient.
The health and well-being of children and youth in care is a key priority for the Children’s Aid Foundation’s $60 million National Campaign for Child Welfare and the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program is one of several mental health programs for children in care offered through grants from the Foundation.