You Make A Difference: First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program

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Revolutionizing youth Mental Health care

A first of its kind in Canada, the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) is led by Dr. Elizabeth Osuch and has been transforming the model of care for youth mental health for over a decade using evidence-based, clinically-proven approaches. While demand for services had already been on the rise, after the social disruption caused by COVID-19, that same demand for help increased by more than 100 per cent. Our donors were here to support our youth when it was needed the most.

Thank you for helping us grow with the need

To meet the needs of today’s youth requiring mental health support, expanding the facility was essential. FEMAP’s expansion will also enable it to double its team of healthcare professionals, allowing it to continue offering its unique model of care by some of the most innovative minds in the field.

Thankfully, in 2021, FEMAP opened its second location at 54 Riverview Avenue. With the facility now accepting patients, more young people are receiving life-changing and life-saving care.

The Facts

  • 4,022 total patient visits in 2021
  • Patients are between 16-25 years old
  • 95 per cent satisfaction
  • 3 out of 4 youth self-refer

“FEMAP would not exist without donor funding. Every single person who works for us is supported by donor dollars, the research is supported by donor dollars and the clinical care is supported by donor dollars.”

Dr. Elizabeth Osuch

FEMAP's new expanded location; 54 Riverview
FEMAP's expanded location; 54 Riverview
Dr. Elizabeth Osuch
Dr. Elizabeth Osuch










The new facility offers:

  • Increased individual therapy space
  • Additional group therapy space
  • New, valuable life-skills workshops
  • Dedicated training areas for staff and trainees
  • Increased capacity to treat mood disorders and those with traumatic exposures
  • More training opportunities for medical, psychiatric, social work and psychology trainees


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