The Lionheart Foundation provides access to community therapy for adolescent girls and their families dealing with trauma, anxiety and other mental health issues and disorders. Working in partnership with a network of highly skilled therapists, Lionheart is currently providing support to over 90 girls and families through subsidized therapeutic support. Our network of clinicians are highly trained in the areas of trauma, attachment, anxiety, disordered eating and family systems therapy.
Unfortunately, youth that develop mental health disorders are at a higher risk of carrying these challenges into adulthood. Prior to the pandemic, 15% of Canadian youth were already presenting with mental health disorders making them at a higher risk of school incompletion and engagement in at-risk activities. The Covid-19 pandemic and its associated effects are a source of tremendous anxiety and trauma for many young people and their families. This event can be considered a traumatic event, which is defined as an incident at over-whelms the individuals capacity to manage the moment and is often characterized by feelings of helplessness and being alone with that feeling. Flexible, individualized mental health supports is required early and in an ongoing way to mitigate the risks faced by young people and ensure that they are able to navigate both the current pandemic and its longer term effects on their mental well-being.
Lionheart Foundation is seeking funding to ensure access to this therapy. Funds raised will be used to support any young person experiencing mental health distress as a result of the pandemic, physical distancing and overall trauma to access therapeutic support.