For Immediate Release: February 16, 2023
The Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) was pleased to launch our new Mobile Wellness Clinic, ‘The Road Ahead,’ this morning at a media conference in Lakefield. In attendance were local members of government and community partners.
During the media conference, media and dignitaries had the opportunity to tour and take photo and video of the new clinic as well as meet with the team and ask questions regarding how this innovative new service will benefit rural communities across the region.
CMHA HKPR’s ‘The Road Ahead’ Mobile Wellness Clinic operates out of two vehicles and supports individuals who may have difficulty accessing services by bringing a full range of mental health and addictions supports to rural and remote areas across Peterborough County, Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The program provides counselling and therapy, support with addictions and substance use, mental health education, medication support, and access to other services such as psychiatry.
It was determined that to serve the rural communities across the region, the clinic requires two vehicles. One vehicle was funded through the support of the Government of Ontario.
“We know that the ability to connect to care, close to home impacts patients’ success rates, particularly when it concerns mental health and addictions. That’s why these Mobile Wellness Clinics are so vital. They help those on a path to wellness connect with the programs they need, where and when they need them,” says Hon. Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
For the past year, CMHA HKPR fundraised $300K to purchase the second clinic vehicle. “We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the support of many donors including the Kinsmen Club, Peterborough Police Services, and Bell Canada, we have purchased the second vehicle,” says Mark Graham, Chief Executive Officer, CMHA HKPR.
Both vehicles have been designed to meet the specific needs of the clinic and thanks to support of local marketing company, Outpost 379, the vehicles have also been branded with a creative and inspiring design. The design was chosen to be welcoming and positive and isn’t specific to mental health or addictions, taking into consideration the stigmas that still surround mental health and addictions and the barriers that they may cause.
Communications and Community Relations Specialist