Noah's House was started 3 years ago after Noah lost his battle with mental illness. In those three years, we have transitioned from a non-profit to a registered charity. When starting Noah's House, the goal was to ensure that all youth in Windsor-Essex has access to FREE mental health support. Our focus is on filling the gap on mental and emotional support.
In January 2020, we found a home after a year of searching. Five months later, in May 2020, we acquired the space next door, which would house the youth centre.
Noah's House is the first youth centre in the area specializing in mental health and wellness. We wanted to offer youth and young adults mental health support in a non-clinical setting. The youth centre is a safe and welcoming space. Within the centre, the Peer Mentors receive training to better interact with the youth and young adults that use the facility. All Peer Mentors are also given QPR training, so they are equipped to deal with the crisis.
Noah's House was offering programs until the pandemic worsened and forced us to cancel them. The peer mentors are still in the centre five days a week to ensure youth and young adults have the support needed.
Children, youth and young adults have been in isolation for an extended period. Schooling moved to virtual, not seeing friends and extracurricular activities suspended. We are hearing stories of youth taking their lives. This is not acceptable. Our youth should not be dying due to suicide because they feel they have nowhere to turn. Noah's House is still offering IN PERSON support for anyone ages 11-25. We also would like to add a full-time social worker to the support given. The social worker will offer in-person, virtual or phone counselling. We can not do this on our own. Noah's House relies on donations to stay open. We ARE NOT a government-funded service.
For more information, please visit our website at www.noahshouse.ca
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