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Canadian Mental Health Association Looking To “Change The Cycle” Of Youth Mental Health In Kawartha Lakes And Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH-The Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) announced the second annual “Change The Cycle Challenge” will take place June 15th at Nicholls Oval in Peterborough.

CMHA is changing focus this year to support young people with early diagnosis and primary prevention of mental health issues.

“What we’ve seen locally isn’t necessarily an increase in people needing access but an increase in the complexity of the need” said Jack Veitch, Manager of Community Engagement and Education, CMHA HKPR.

Veitch says the compounding issues around homelessness, substance abuse and mental health have led to a change of approach with the funds from this year’s Change the Cycle going to support youth and Family Mental health programming.

“By supporting Change the Cycle, you are supporting local youth and family mental health services in our region and ensuring that the mental health needs of our youth and caregivers are met,” said Veitch. “Youth and caregiver supports are an important factor in fostering a healthier and more supportive community for all.”

Last year the inaugural event raised over $40,000 for CMHA KKPR Garden Homes Project. The goal this year is the same and all of the funds will stay in our community.

This year’s sponsor is Tom’s Heating and Cooling and they kicked off fundraising with a bang by donating $7,000.

“Everybody experiences this in some way shape or form. It’s very important and we are excited to be part of it,” said Ryan Waudby, Toms Heating and Cooling.

Cyclists can register for a 4k, 12k or 26k ride along the Rotary Trail in Peterborough. Registration is $20 per person and kids under 12 are free. Registration includes a ride, t-shirt and a BBQ lunch.

Visit http://changethecycle.net for more.


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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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