New, free online resource available for youth struggling with addiction

“Crossing Bridges” is a new virtual counseling program for young people ages 12 to 24 who are struggling with addiction.

This self-help resource connects users with qualified professionals, finds information about substance use and addictive behavior, and receives other services and support to help break unhealthy habits.

Crossing Bridges was developed as a collaboration between two branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services and Huron Perth Addiction and Mental Health Services. This program is for youth in southwestern and central western Ontario.

Catherine Hardman, chief executive of the CMHA’s Huron-Perth branch, said: “When young people begin to experience problematic substance use or behavioral addiction, they may not seek help out of fear of judgment or consequences.” “With the support of young people and community partners, Crossing Bridges has been developed to meet young people at their level on their terms. By providing support in a way that suits them, we hope that more young people will be able to seek support when they need it .”

According to reports, Crossing Bridges was co-designed by young people in the community to best meet the needs of their peers.

Counselors associated with Crossing Bridges are registered social workers and social service workers who specialize in working with young populations.

Each patient participating in the program will receive a customized support plan based on their goals and needs.

“Crossing Bridges’ approach to counseling is strengths-based, trauma-informed and person-centred,” said CMHA Thames Valley Division Regional Director for London, North Middlesex and Huron Palm Hill. “It aims to create a safe space for all young people to reflect and process their thoughts and feelings without judgment.”

Crossing Bridges provides support for any kind of addiction – including substance use, gambling, sex, even gaming and social media. Service is available in English and French.

To learn more about this free online resource, visit website.

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