FEMAP is a research-proven model – giving youth in our community hope and compassion
The majority of mental illness starts before age 25; yet this age group experiences the largest gap in mental health services. FEMAP fills this gap for youth aged 16-25 who are experiencing the onset of mood and anxiety disorders. If left untreated, these illnesses can cause irreparable damage and lead to chronic depression, social isolation, homelessness, and other tragic outcomes.
FEMAP is the first program of its kind in Canada with a unique model aimed at reversing the “first episodes” of mental illness before they lead to long-term damage. It offers a comprehensive range of services such as psychology, psychiatry, social work, addictions counselling, family therapy and group therapy.
Published studies show that FEMAP patients have a lower rate of emergency department visits following treatment, compared to patients outside the program. Another published study showed FEMAP patients experienced long-term and sustained improvements in their mental health following their treatment.
Patients say they feel heard; they feel validated and, most importantly, they are getting the vital help they need to lead healthy, happy lives.