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The Place for Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges

What is Stella's Place?

Designed by young adults, their families and professionals, Stella’s Place provides comprehensive mental health services for 16 to 29 year olds. We are building a community that focuses on positive, peer-engaging, strength-based recovery.

We offer a full menu of choices including peer support, clinical, employment, wellness, studio and recovery programs to help young adults learn skills, find connections and become empowered to manage their own health.

Who is Stella?

Stella is the young adult daughter of Stella’s Place Founder and President, Donna Green. It was Stella’s long journey through her own mental health issues that inspired Donna to create an organization in Canada where young adults and their families can get the help they need to recover. The first Stella’s Place location is in Toronto.

Today, Stella is thriving, both personally and professionally. She is a passionate spokesperson and advocate for Stella’s Place.

Who is Stella’s Place for?

Stella’s Place is for young adults between the ages of 16 and 29 with mental health challenges.

The most common problems for this age group are mood and anxiety disorders. Stella’s will also provide support to young adults with other mental health challenges.

Research indicates that 80 percent of young adults suffering from mental health issues will be using substances to self-medicate. For this reason, Stella’s will also provide treatment and connection to services for Concurrent Disorders and addiction issues.

Will there be support for families?

Absolutely. We offer education and support programs for families (including self-defined families and friends), and work with community partners to make sure that families and friends get the support they need.

How is Stella’s Place different than other mental health services?

Stella’s Place:

  • is based in the community
  • is specifically for young adults age 16 – 29
  • is peer driven – every program is co-designed with young adults
  • focuses on whole person wellness
  • collaborates with young adults to develop individual wellness plans based on thorough
  • assessment, ensuring choice and promoting self-management
  • is a visible, accessible hub of services offered under one roof
How much will it cost?

Stella’s Place is funded through private funding and government grants. We continue to explore a range of funding models to ensure that programs will be sustained until annual operating dollars are committed from government. Support through peers and a range of programs at Stella’s Place will be available free of charge.

    How is Stella's Place funded?

    Stella’s Place is generously funded by private donations. We also have a growing number of corporate and government grants, private and public partnerships, and foundations.

      Is it sustainable?

      Stella’s Place has developed a diverse business model including private, government and corporate funding sources to ensure sustainability. We are also committed to social innovation, and will continue to seek government funds as service capacity expands.

      How do I get services at Stella's Place?

      Young adults can connect with Stella’s Place:

      • by email – [email protected]
      • by phone – 416-461-2345
      • by visiting 18 Camden between 12pm-5pm Monday to Thursday
      • and downloading the beanbag chat app to connect with a peer online (Free to download from the app store here)

      When you contact us by phone, email or text, we will talk briefly about what you need and want, how we can support you, and what programs we are currently offering. We have many programs that you can connect with right away. To learn more about these programs, click here.

      If you come to our Camden Street location between noon to 5pm Monday to Thursday, you can just have a coffee and check the place out. We’ll talk with you about how you want to be involved and what connection, services and supports you want. You will be in charge of how you get involved, and how much you feel like talking to others in the community. The first conversation will be informal and will focus on what you want. From there, you can decide what services and supports you want. We are all about choice.

      How many young adults will Stella’s Place help?

      When Stella’s Place is running at full capacity, it will help over 500 young adults every year. The online platform will have even greater reach, with more than 1000 young adults connecting online.

      Is Stella’s Place a national organization?

      Yes, we are a national charitable organization. However, we have opened the first Stella’s Place centre in Toronto, with a plan to roll it out nationally.

      Where is Stella’s Place located?

      Our Centre is located at 18 Camden Street, near Queen and Spadina, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

      Are there similar places in Toronto?

      There are very few places that offer comprehensive, community-based services for this age group. Research has shown that many young adults disengage from programs that are not specifically designed to meet their needs. They end up using emergency services and in-patient services, sometimes when they don’t need to, because there are no young adult responsive, community-based programs. Stella’s Place will be the first organization targeted specifically to young adults (age 16 to 29).

      Our international research tells us that young adults in particular need a community of peers in order to thrive. Young adults want to engage with each other, in the community, in a non-intimidating, non-stigmatizing environment where they can access a menu of clinical and recovery services and supports, build on their strengths and move on with life choices.

      Are you affiliated or partnered with other mental health community services and/or institutions?

      Yes. Stella’s Place works in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Gerstein Centre and has an ongoing collaboration with George Brown College for our Peer Support Training Program as well as our online peer support chat services.

      We also have a long list of organizations with whom we are collaborating including Breakaway Addiction Services, Family Outreach and Response, the Griffin Centre, the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and Reconnect Mental Health Services.

      Additionally, we have expert advisors from The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

      What is your fundraising goal?

      Our goal is to continue to raise $2.5M annually from private, corporate and government sources.

      To date we’ve raised $3,600,000 in cash and pledges from private and public sources.

      How can I help Stella’s Place?

      Stella’s Place welcomes volunteers and community members to contribute in many ways. We are always in need of financial donations, fundraising advocates and volunteers. Every gift counts. Every conversation about the need for responsive services for young adults is worth having. Taking the time to talk about the impact Stella’s Place is having matters!

      Ways to give:

      • Online at www.stellaplace.ca
      • Via phone by calling: 416-461-2345
      • Via mail: Attn: Stella’s Place, 18 Camden Street, Toronto, M5V 1V1 ON
      How can I get more information about Stella’s Place?

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