The visionary leadership and generosity of Fred and Elizabeth Fountain activated the launch of the Stay Connected Mental Health Project in 2013.
The project started as a five-year innovative initiative to change the way young adults transition from youth to adult-based mental health and addictions services. At 19, people receiving ongoing treatment must switch from youth services at the IWK to adult services at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and other sites within the Mental Health and Addictions Program.
“The Stay Connected project has connected these services. We can reach out much more easily and collaboratively,” says Dr. David Pilon, a psychologist and program leader within the Mental Health and Addictions Program.
Connecting services and increasing support is critical because the transition of care comes at a time when people are most likely to face mental health problems.