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Hydro One and Jack.org partner to provide mental health resources for young people
Hydro One and Jack.org partner to provide mental health resources for young people

Hydro One and Jack.org partner to provide mental health resources for young people

Announcing a new Talks partnership with Hydro One
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Working together to bring mental health education to Ontario

Jan 22, 2021, 08:00 ET

The partnership comes in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns when calls and texts to Kids Help Phone have surged by 300 per cent

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One and Jack.org announced they will be partnering to address a growing demand for mental health resources. The partnership brings free virtual mental health talks to young people and their families across Ontario at a time when calls and texts to Kids Help Phone have increased by 300 per cent. The live-streamed Jack Talks will help participants recognize the signs when someone is struggling and connect participants with access to free, virtual resources to support their mental health and well-being.

"There is no question that COVID-19 has, and will continue to, impact the mental health of young people across Ontario," said Eric Windeler, Founder & Executive Director, Jack.org. "With the demand for mental health support services increasing daily, it is critical that youth across the province have access to the information and support they need. Hydro One's commitment to building safe communities is so admirable, and by including mental health education in this mission, they're addressing youth resiliency head-on across the province."

"At Hydro One, we believe we have a deep responsibility to support people and communities during this unprecedented time. With the stress and isolation associated with COVID-19, the need to connect young people, parents and all Ontarians with mental health resources has never been greater," said Mark Poweska, President and CEO, Hydro One. "By taking part in a virtual Jack Talk, we can all learn how to better support our team members, parents and friends dealing with mental health struggles and crises."

Participants of all ages are invited to attend Jack Talks delivered by two trained youth speakers on the following dates:

  • February 18, 2021 led by Della Woodger and Alexa Hassall Shipman
  • February 22, 2021 led by Julia Wickens and Kneev Sharma
  • February 23, 2021 led by Jessica Landry and Josh Morin

Registration can be found at: jack.org/Talks/Ontario-Talks-Series

Through its partnership with Hydro One, the organization will host 200 live-streamed and recorded virtual Jack Talks in Ontario this year.

Read the full release here.

Thank you, Hydro One!