Picture of Tennis coach Michele May discusses a program, administered through New Path Youth and Family Services, that gives coaches training to better recognize and support young players facing mental health challenges. - Chris Simon/Metroland

How Simcoe County coaches are starting to recognize youth mental health issues

It’s about giving adults the tools to produce an “a-ha” moment with youth. New Path Youth and Family Services received a three-year, $383,500 grant for youth engagement initiatives from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2015. Since then, the money has been used to improve the skill set of New Path staff, volunteers and community coaches, to help them better recognize and support children and youth facing mental health challenges. Michele May, a recently retired Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board teacher, now helps facilitate a coach training program for New Path. “I wish I had this training many years ago,” May, who also currently coaches tennis, said at a program recognition event in Barrie recently. “The training is sort of an ‘a-ha’ moment for coaches.” Read more from the Barrie Advance story: https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7679873-how-simcoe-county-coaches-are-starting-to-recognize-youth-mental-health-issues/
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