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Free Youth Counseling Organization in Moncton Raises $1.4 Million to Expand Services

Atlantic Wellness, an organization that provides free mental health counseling to young people between the ages of 12 and 21, has relocated to a larger location and has expanded its reach to serve the French-speaking public. about to raise $1.4 million from

Of the $3.5 million needed for expansion, $2.1 million has already been raised through a combination of government funding and private sponsorship.

Steve Mitton, the organization's president, said in an interview Wednesday that one of his French-speaking counselors has already been advertised.

"I also do group therapy, so I'm looking for [a place] with 10 to 12 offices, his space and a big room. A parking space where parents can park is ideal," he said. Told.

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Continuing donations can be made through the organization's website until September 16th.

Cain Melanson said the service saved his life after her son was discharged from the psychiatric ward at Moncton Hospital.

"This was a critical time in my son's life. He needed timely follow-up and continued mental health support, but our public health system was unable I couldn't provide it later," he said Wednesday.

He said sending his son to see a private sector counselor was not sustainable for his family Told.

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“We averaged about $200 an hour, depending on who we were meeting with at the time. and two were not sustainably sustainable," he said.

Atlantic Wellness Outreach Her Counseling Maxie Rose, who works as her therapist, said she has seen first-hand the impact regular counseling has on young people.

“I still have some clients who started with an internship over a year ago. They've made some really big life strides and I'm very proud of them.

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