About a week after hundreds of students in Woodstock staged a mental health walkout, students in St. Thomas have followed their lead.
Roughly 200 people gathered in Pinafore Park shortly after 9 o’clock Wednesday morning, to call for more mental health support in the community.
Organizer Justin Barton tells AM980 the changes he would like to see.
“I’m trying to get a group together so we can meet once or twice a month,” walkout organizer Justin Barton tells AM980.
“And we’ll talk about how we’re dealing with depression, anxiety, and we’ll talk about how their day’s going or what they’ve done this month.”
Grade 10 student Kendra Heart wants more mental health programs offered in St. Thomas instead of having to travel to London for help.
“I have gone to look for help in St. Thomas but the waiting list is so, so long. Two years is the one I’m on. I also talked to different doctors and they always refer me to somebody else. There’s been no immediate help because all the help that I need, the doctors are totally booked up. They’re overflowed with children who are struggling and it’s too long, we need somebody here.”
At least five young people in Woodstock have taken their own lives so far this year, and approximately 17 suicide attempts have also been reported to Woodstock Police.