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The Moncton Hospital celebrates opening of new Youth Wellness Unit

(MONCTON) April 25, 2014 - Moncton-area youth seeking treatment for mental-health issues now have a specialized care unit to call their own. The Youth Wellness Unit (YWU) was officially opened today and provides a therapeutic environment for youth under the age of 17 who require observation for psychiatric or mental-health needs.

Horizon President and CEO, John McGarry said the new unit will assist staff to improve the quality of life for the youth and provide an environment where they can feel respected and safe while seeking treatment.

"Here, the emphasis is on the patient. They are involved in their treatment and are literally part of the team."

The new space is more conducive to recovery and follows a newer model of care, which focuses on the idea that before patients can engage therapeutically, they must feel safe and comfortable. The unit includes four private patient rooms, a recreational area, greater state-of-the-art security measures and a quiet/comfort room.

Previously, youth services for mental-health needs were located within the Pediatric Unit at The Moncton Hospital. The newly-constructed unit is now located on the same floor as the Provincial Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit.

"I want to congratulate The Moncton Hospital on the creation of this youth wellness unit," said Education Minister Marie-Claude Blais on behalf of Health Minister Hugh Flemming. "This new unit will improve access to youth mental health care and offer a safe environment where mentally ill youth will get the right care for their specific needs."

Funding for this initiative was provided in large part by the RBC Children's Mental Health Project through locally held golf tournaments.

The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation Chair, Paul Arsenault, said they are pleased to be partnering with RBC on such an important project dedicated to youth and mental health.

"Improving access to mental health services for adolescents can be critical for their future," said Arsenault. "The Foundation is excited to play a role in this important step toward meeting the needs of youth in our community."

"We are privileged to support the work of Horizon Health Network and the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation and applaud the opening of this new mental health unit," said Steven Roper, Vice President Atlantic, RBC Automotive Finance Group. "By investing in support and resources for children and youth, parents and health-care professionals, we are determined to help reduce the stigma of mental illness." 

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For more information contact:

Carolyn McCormack, APR

Media Relations

1-877-499-1899

Media@HorizonNB.ca

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