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CFRA Interview


A timely conversation about mental health and substance-use health

OTTAWA

Upstream Ottawa was featured today on CFRA Radio for a discussion on mental health and substance-use health with journalist Graham Richardson.

Upstream Executive Director Bo Turpin was interviewed as part of Bell Let’s Talk Day, the national day run by Bell Canada that focusses public attention on mental health. The interview focused on the services provided by Upstream, the special needs of Black youth and the challenges of understanding substance-use health problems.

You can listen to the discussion here

Upstream Ottawa provides a range of critical community supports and affordable housing options to people living with mental health and/or substance-use health concerns. Services include: intensive mental health case management, housing, youth support services with a focus on Black youth and their families, crisis prevention, medication management and life-skills coaching.

For more information go to upstreamottawa.ca, or contact Executive Director Bo Turpin at 248-3330 ext. 127, bturpin@upstreamottawa.ca.

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Donations make a night to remember for Upstream community

OTTAWA Upstream Ottawa held a memorable Christmas Holiday Dinner last evening, thanks to generous donors who contributed to the More Than Just a Meal campaign in November.


The dinner brought Upstream clients, staff and volunteers together at Algonquin College to enjoy a festive dinner and socialize with friends. Santa Claus made an appearance, giving a gift to each client.

The cost of the evening was covered by generous donors who gave to Upstream’s More Than Just a Meal campaign, which ended on Giving Tuesday (November 28). The campaign exceeded its goal by raising $6,400 to cover the cost of the Christmas holiday event.


“For many of our clients, this dinner is a real highlight of the holiday season, when they can enjoy delicious food but also feel the support of friends, staff and the  volunteers of Upstream,” said Bo Turpin, Executive Director of Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support.


“We are so grateful to our donors for responding to the More Than Just a Meal
campaign. We began with a goal of $4,000. We were just thrilled to top even our revised goal of $6,000,” said Véronique Joncas, Chair of the Upstream Board of Directors. “These donations give real help and strength to the people we serve who are living with mental health and substance-use health challenges.”


Upstream provides a range of critical community supports and affordable housing options to people living with mental health and/or substance-use health concerns.


Services include: intensive mental health case management, housing, youth support services with a focus on Black youth and their families, crisis prevention, medication management and lifeskills coaching.

For more information go to upstreamottawa.ca, call the Upstream Ottawa office at 248-3330 ext. 401, or send an email to info@upstreamottawa.ca

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Bell funds project to engage with Black youth

Caption: Sandy Mc Donald, Director of Community Affairs for Bell Canada, presented Upstream Executive Director Bo Turpin, left, and Upstream Board Chair Veronique Joncas, right, with a generous contribution on October 25.

OTTAWA Bell Canada is providing Upstream Ottawa with $20,000 for a project that
will engage with Ottawa’s Black youth.

The project is intended to create a safe space for young Black people to gather and
build a sense of community, while learning about available mental and substance-use
health services, delivered by Black clinicians, and enjoying a nutritious meal.
Upstream is partnering with theREACHcentre of Ottawa to hold a Black Connections
dinner on Fridays once a month in the Carlington community, at 1485 Laperriere
Avenue. The nine-month project is aimed at engaging young people between the ages
of 15 and 29 and will begin in the New Year.

Last evening, at a meeting of the Upstream Board of Directors, Sandy McDonald,
Regional Director of Community Affairs for Bell Canada, presented a ceremonial
cheque to Upstream for $20,000 for the project.

“Upstream is pleased to be involved with this innovative project and we are grateful to
Bell Canada for its enthusiastic support of our work over many years,” said Bo Turpin,
Executive Director of Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support. “This
initiative is in alignment with Upstream’s recent expansion of service to the region’s
young Black community and addresses the growing concerns about food insecurity in
lower-income neighbourhoods.”

Upstream provides a range of critical community supports and affordable housing
options to people living with mental health and/or substance-use health concerns.

Services include: intensive mental health case management, housing, youth support
services with a focus on Black youth and their families, crisis prevention, medication
management and lifeskills coaching.

For more information go to upstreamottawa.ca, call the Upstream Ottawa office at 248-3330 ext. 401, or send an email to info@upstreamottawa.ca

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