The First Episode Mood & Anxiety Program, known as FEMAP, is the first program of its kind in Canada with a unique model aimed at reversing the “first episodes” of mental illness for youth aged 16 to 25. If left untreated, these illnesses can cause irreparable damage to people’s lives and may lead to chronic depression, social isolation, homelessness, and other tragic outcomes. FEMAP offers a comprehensive range of services such as psychology, psychiatry, social work, addictions counselling, family therapy, and group therapy.
A Call for Help
Currently, it can take between 7 to 10 months from the first assessment to start treatment. For a patient who is courageous enough to reach out for help now, the long wait can have a devastating impact. To help youth suffering from mental illness in our community, the issue of a growing waitlist needs to be addressed now. In order to avoid heartbreaking outcomes, FEMAP needs support to expand its services and double its capacity. The expansion will help reduce wait times and provide new/more services for current and future patients that are reaching out for help when they are most vulnerable.