This Friday, Alliston Community Christian School (ACCS) will be walking in support of children’s mental health. Staff and students will be joining with other schools in the area to participate in New Path Youth and Family Services Mental Health Walk, set to begin at the GA Wright Park and will finish at Riverdale Park.
Children’s Mental Health Week happens every year, but this is the first time that Alliston has hosted an event of this scale.
The walk is meant to raise awareness for children’s mental health issues and to break down the stigma that’s associated with mental health issues among young people.
“We want people to be aware that this is an issue that’s impacting the youth in their community,” says Lisa Hickling Miller, supervisor of South Simcoe programs at New Path. According to Hickling Miller, approximately 1 in 5 children in Ontario has a diagnosable mental health issue. Roughly 4,000 of those children take part in New Path’s residential and office-based programs in Cookstown.
To learn more about this year’s walk, check out a recent article in Tecumseth’s The Times.