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RBC donation supports youth program expansion at Maltby Centre

RBC donated $20,000 to the Maltby Centre to support mental health and autism services to children and youth. Left to Right: Derek Evans, Karen Livicker and Christine Bellamy. Image via Maltby Centre

A donation presented to the Maltby Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, will help fund the expansion of their Mental Health Now – Counselling Access for Youth program, which supports clients aged 18 to 24 who require immediate mental health counselling support.

The Maltby Centre provides mental health and autism services to children and youth, and works closely with numerous partner agencies to ensure successful service navigation. RBC has donated $20,000 to the Centre to support transitional aged youth mental health programs, specifically the Mental Health Now expansion, a service that is offered free of charge and is self-referred, according to a release from the Maltby Centre.

“We are so pleased to financially partner with RBC in our transitional aged youth mental health program. Access to mental health services for this age group is challenging. This financial gift from RBC allows Maltby to reduce access barriers for this client group in KFLA. RBC is making a difference in our community and changing lives through this gift,” said Karen Fleming, Executive Director.

Last year, the Maltby Centre provided 118 sessions to 97 youth clients aged 18-24 as part of the program that has already been funded exclusively by the RBC, according to the release. The Pandemic has significantly increased the need for mental health services in KFL&A, the Centre said, and more than ninety percent of transitional aged youth who get access to a single therapy session in a timely, equitable way find the solutions they need to move forward positively. According to the release, Just over half of the program’s clients needed no immediate follow-up services.

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