Horizons for Youth

Mental Health & Wellness Program

Horizons for Youth is a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 years old in Toronto. HFY offers 24-hour intake services, 365 days a year, and in addition to shelter and other basic needs, HFY provides our residents with many programs and services that help them prepare for employment, advance their education, improve their mental health, learn important life skills and secure housing.

The Mental Health & Wellness Program is broken down into four components:

  • Individual Counseling: Builds therapeutic relationships with clients to decrease potentially life altering behaviours, reduce symptoms of mental illness and addictions and improve coping strategies.
  • Group Programming: Helps youth develop the skills, tools and resources needed to decrease dangerous behaviours, improve emotional regulation, develop coping strategies and decrease symptoms of mental illness and addictions
  • Psychiatric Services: Provides access to psychiatric interventions promptly, which are critical to effective crisis management
  • Community Referrals: Refers youth to supportive programs and services in the community, particularly out-patient programs at hospitals, support groups and community health centres

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"Mental health programs are the most essential service in a shelter setting. The earlier clients receive support, the more likely they are to achieve wellness and transition to stable housing. The funding from the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation has been critical in making this service possible."

Filomena Williams

Executive Director