Imagine a 35’ RV wrapped in graffiti that has a fully functioning doctor’s office where the bedroom would be. The RV, staffed with a Nurse practitioner, Youth Mental Health Worker and a Peer Support Specialist, travels to where youth are at – high schools, community centres and youth shelters. MOBYSS – Mobile York South Simcoe – is Ontario’s first and only mobile youth walk-in clinic that provides comprehensive health, which of course includes mental health and substance use disorder, care to youth 12 to 25.
Last year 5,000 young people walked on the bus to access health information or for an appointment with our Nurse Practitioner, Peer Support Specialist or Youth Mental Health Worker.
Each year CMHA York & South Simcoe needs to raise $350,000 to keep MOBYSS on the road 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to cancel Mental Health in Motion, the one day run, walk, ride fundraising event for MOBYSS. So we’ve launched the Keep MOBYSS in MOTION campaign.
The most important issue now is that we need to keep MOBYSS in MOTION!
This global pandemic has been emotionally and mentally draining for us as adults, but its impact on youth has been far greater.
“I’m stressed, and it’s getting harder every day. I didn’t know how much I would miss ‘normal’ life.”
What will we do with your support? The MOBYSS team is “seeing” youth using virtual meetings, by phone and through text, providing counselling, check-ins, resources and referrals, basic primary care, sexual health, education, medication management and prescriptions, specialist consults, psychiatric assessments through the Ontario Telemedicine Network and referring clients in need to other services where appropriate.
“Losing prom, sports and graduation sucks…and I’ll never see my friends again.”
Youth are angry, scared, isolated, disconnected…and they need your support now more than ever.
“I’m trapped. I can’t sleep. What’s the point? This isn’t ever going to end.”
In the midst of these challenges we need the support of our closest friends and champions – you – more than ever. Thank you for considering a gift that will Keep MOBYSS in MOTION now, and when we’re back on the road!