Please see updated information regarding services during COVID-19 outbreak.
We are providing virtual services where youth are able to connect with a Youth Navigator via phone, text, or social media (Facebook and Instagram). Service hours are from Monday to Thursday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
The following services are currently available through YWHN: substance use counselling, outreach worker and primary care. Contact a youth navigator to receive a referral.
- Shanen (Bilingual Youth Navigator): 905-328-9946
- Deane (Indigenous Youth Navigator): 905-736-9946
The youth navigators can then connect youth to a Hub service via referral. Remote services will include access to:
- Clinical services – Addictions Counsellor and a Nurse Practitioner
- Non-clinical services – Youth Outreach worker and an Employment and Education support (currently able to provide support to apply for the CERB benefit and EI).
- Drop in services – the Youth Navigator currently plans to run two remote drop-in sessions per week. Weekly topics will be available on Facebook and Instagram.
What We Do
Youth Wellness Hub Niagara (YWHN) is the regions “one-stop-shop” for youth aged 12-25, seeking services related to mental health, substance use, primary care, education, employment, housing and other community and social services.
It is a safe space for all youth, especially, but not limited to, those who identify as Indigenous, Francophone and/or 2SLGBTQ+.
Our goal for the YWHN is to reach a greater number of youth, and provide greater accessibility to services for all youth, by housing services in 3 well established organizations.
Mental health and substance use services integrated with a range of other youth services.
Mental Health Counselling: Speak with a certified mental health counsellor about any mental health concerns you are experiencing
Substance Use Counselling: A certified counsellor can help you with reducing or eliminating substance use, setting and achieving goals, improving relationships and learning life skills. They can also help you with your mental health concerns
Peer Counselling and Support: Speak with a peer about any issues you might be experiencing related to mental health, substance use, employment, housing or other areas of your life
Nurse Practitioner: Receive free health care services and/or discuss current health issues including sexual health, birth control, vaccinations, mental health etc.
Employment Help: Assistance from an employment counsellor with searching for jobs, preparing for work and/or building a resumé
Outreach Worker: Receive help with finding housing, preparing for employment/volunteering/education opportunities, filling out forms, managing money, setting and achieving goals, developing a safety plan, accessing services in the community, etc.
Youth Navigator: Offers peer support and help with connecting to appropriate services in the hub or the community.
HUBtalks: Presentations and/or discussion groups on various health and wellness topics. Examples of topics include harm reduction, safer sex and STI prevention, mindfulness, goal setting, etc.
Cultural Activities: Indigenous cultural activities open to all youth, such as drumming, beading, ribbon skirt making, etc.
Recreation: Drop-in activities such as fitness classes, arts and craft workshops, board games, movie nights, etc.
Who’s Providing Service?
- Contact Niagara
- John Howard Society of Niagara
- Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
- Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara
- Pathstone Mental Health
- Community Addiction Services of Niagara