St. Joseph’s Health Centre has opened the new RBC Mental Health Short Stay and Transitional Age Youth Unit.

This new unit is claimed to be the first of its kind mental health unit for youth in a Toronto hospital setting.

Designed for improving young adults’ experience, the unit includes six new patient rooms, two patient lounges along with innovative technology for improving staff safety, patient safety, and overall workflow.

The sponsors of the new RBC Mental Health Short Stay and Transitional Age Youth Unit include PricewaterhouseCoopers and its partners, RBC Foundation, Solidifi, Cheese Boutique, The Mackay Family and Macdero Construction and the St. Joe’s Plate Committee.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation president Maria Dyck said: “Mental health care is needed more than ever, especially for youth who are most at risk.

“The Ihnatowycz family, the Keenan Family Foundation and the Beresford Foundation are donating to create new programs that improve how we offer care for those needing mental health support both within and outside St. Joe’s.”

The hospital is a part of Unity Health Toronto, which serves residents, patients, and clients across the full spectrum of care.

Unity Health Toronto provides secondary community care, primary care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care.

Unity Health Toronto president and CEO Dr Tim Rutledge said: “This new unit is focused specifically on young people moving from adolescence to adulthood. For many, this age is when they have their first mental health issues and specialised care can make a huge difference to them now and moving forward.”