While in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to mental health resources is crucial. That is why the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has made a $3,500 donation to help WES for Youth Online, an organization providing free online counselling services to Ontario youth between the ages of 13 and 24.
“We are thrilled to have the continued support of the NWMO,” said Emma Martin, Community Relations Director, WES for Youth Online. “During a time of isolation, feelings of stress, fear and anxiety are prevalent, affecting mental health heavily. It is essential that our youth know there is someone for them to talk to remotely if they need, when face-to-face services have been eliminated at this time,” she continued.
WES for Youth was founded in 2012 by Jamie and Yolanda Cameron, after losing their son Wes, to suicide. Since March, the Walkerton-based organization experienced an all-time high in new registrations.
“We’re happy to support WES for Youth Online and contribute to the well-being of local youth, as we navigate through this difficult time together,” said Cherie Leslie, Senior Engagement Advisor, NWMO.
The NWMO has responded to the global COVID-19 pandemic by supporting municipal and Indigenous communities involved in the site selection process. The NWMO has also partnered with others in the industry to support the distribution of hand sanitizer to food banks in the South Bruce region.