Local News

Youth Wellness Hub Opens in Port Hope: A Beacon of Support for Local Youth

Port Hope, Ontario – In a significant stride towards enhancing mental health services for young individuals, the Ontario government has inaugurated a new Youth Wellness Hub in Port Hope. This initiative aims to provide essential support and resources for youth aged 12 to 25, as well as their families, residing in Northumberland County and Alderville First Nation.

Located at 15 Cavan Street, the Youth Wellness Hub is set to become a pivotal resource hub for the community, offering a wide array of mental health, substance use, and primary care services. Spearheaded by the Ontario government under the leadership of Premier Ford, this initiative underscores the commitment to improving mental health and addiction services across the province.

Speaking about the launch, Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, expressed the government’s dedication to supporting individuals and families grappling with mental health challenges. “As we expand the number of Youth Wellness Hubs across the province, young people in Port Hope can connect to the mental health and addictions care they need, in one convenient location, closer to home,” stated Minister Jones.

The Youth Wellness Hub in Port Hope will not only serve as a central point for accessing vital services but will also prioritize providing culturally appropriate and trauma-informed care. Moreover, a mobile hub model will extend support to rural communities, ensuring accessibility to in-person counseling and peer support.

The inauguration of the Port Hope Youth Wellness Hub marks a significant milestone in the province’s efforts to address mental health issues among youth. With the support of local stakeholders and community leaders, including MPP David Piccini and Mayor Olena Hankivsky, the hub is poised to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of young individuals in the region.

In addition to government support, corporate entities like Cameco Corporation have also extended their backing to the initiative. Tim Gitzel, President and CEO of Cameco Corporation, emphasized the importance of mental health support and expressed pride in supporting the Youth Wellness Hub.

Dr. Jo Henderson, Executive Director of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO), lauded the collaborative efforts that led to the development of the hub. “This critical investment provides young people in Northumberland County with an inclusive, welcoming space where they can walk in and access a full range of integrated mental health, substance use health, primary care, housing, employment, recreation, and other support services that meet their individual level of need,” remarked Dr. Henderson.

As the Youth Wellness Hub begins its operations, it stands as a testament to the collective commitment to prioritizing mental health and well-being. Through concerted efforts and partnerships, the hub aims to empower youth to navigate life’s challenges and thrive in their communities.


The opening of the Youth Wellness Hub in Port Hope signifies a significant step forward in addressing the mental health needs of youth in the region. By providing a comprehensive range of services in a youth-friendly environment, the hub has the potential to make a positive impact on countless lives. The government’s commitment to expanding mental health services, coupled with support from local stakeholders and corporate partners, underscores the importance of prioritizing mental health in our communities. As the hub begins its operations, it is essential to continue advocating for accessible and inclusive mental health services for all individuals.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at samantha.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *