In January 2018, Laing House initiated the development of a Laing House in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Financial support is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, TD, and BMO, with the intention of implementing the foundational elements of Laing House – peer support and youth engagement – and being part of building a community-based service for youth with mental health conditions and their families. Beyond these basic elements, Laing House Yarmouth will be shaped by Yarmouth’s unique community.
In Spring 2018, a Community Needs Assessment was conducted in Yarmouth to hear from youth, families and service providers to better understand what the community-based services needs are for youth with mental health conditions. Approximately 200 youth were consulted, several family focus groups were held and a community partner workshop, interviews and surveys conducted involving 30 organizations and services. For detailed information about the needs assessment, please contact Laing House staff.
At this stage, Laing House Yarmouth is focussed on engaging youth, parents and community partners in helping design and create the Laing House program and service offering. The Youth Team is part of several round tables working on building a strong community organization that builds on Yarmouth’s strengths to encourage hope and recovery for youth with mental health challenges.