Community partners join to end child and youth suicide in Mississauga and Peel

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Todd Smith and Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, joined community leaders to launch Project Now, a partnership that aims to end child and youth suicide in the City of Mississauga and Peel Region.

Project Now has received $3 million in funding from the Government of Ontario and will be topped up with $6 million in philanthropic support, for a total of $9 million. To date, Project Now has received over $3
million in donations from The WB Family Foundation and other leaders in our community.

Comprised of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Government of Ontario, Peel Children’s
Centre, Peel District School Board, Peel Public Health and Trillium Health Partners, Project Now was
founded to address increasing concerns about children and youth suicide attempts and deaths.

Project Now aims to foster hope and resiliency, coordinate access to care options that meet the needs of
children, youth, and families, and support healing by building connections that promote learning and
understanding about suicide. Project Now will work in partnership with children, youth, and families in the community who have been impacted by suicide through its Youth and Family League. Their voices, experiences, and wisdom will guide the work of Project Now, providing feedback and advice and actively co-designing project initiatives.

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