Mental disorders account for a large proportion of the disease burden in young people in all societies. Most mental disorders begin during youth (12–24 years of age), although they are often first detected later in life. Poor mental health is strongly related to other health and development concerns in young people, notably lower educational achievements, substance abuse, violence, and poor reproductive and sexual health. The effectiveness of some interventions for some mental disorders in this age-group have been established, although more research is urgently needed to improve the range of affordable and feasible interventions, since most mental-health needs in young people are unmet, even in high-income countries. Key challenges to addressing mental-health needs include the shortage of mental-health professionals, the low capacity and motivation of non-specialist health workers to provide quality mental-health services to young people, and the stigma associated with mental disorder. Addressing young people’s mental-health needs is crucial if they are to fulfil their potential and contribute fully to the development of their communities.

The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is organizing a fund raising Charity Gala evening on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at Le Park Banquet Hall.  Tickets are $100 each include a full three-course meal, live music from the Borealis Band and the Junior Band, door prizes, silent auction and lots of fun!

The largest portion of the proceeds of the event will be in support of The York Centre for children, youth and families.  A portion of the funding will also go to other humanitarian needs.

The York Centre provides a range of mental health services for children, youth and families who live in the Region of York. Services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team based upon a holistic approach to social, emotional, academic and familial needs.

We challenge all Telecommunication Professionals to support the cause for Children Mental Health!  If you are unable to personally attend the fundraiser, you can still send a donation check made out to the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, and mail it to the TruePulse address.

For more information and a link to ticket purchases, go to , or contact Peter Szoke at 905-770-7571.

Rotary Gala Fundraiser

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