Mental Health Access Program
Feb 24, 2022
Tammy Sundbom and Alexis Ihrig - Boys & Girls Club
Mental Health Access Program

Thanks to the support of Rotary Club of Duluth #25, in spring of 2019 the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland began providing mental health services and support in the Clubs. Our initial programming goals were to integrate the mental health staff into the Clubs and create dialogues that helped to remove the stigma attached to mental health related issues.

Through the positive relationships with focused mental health counselors on site and the support of trusted staff we have worked to create a safe environment for youth to get help and remove barriers to accessing these much-needed services. As the pandemic changed our world and the way we interact, the need for mental health supportive services for our youth has only continued to grow.

At present the program has up to three mental health interns from local universities and colleges and established relationships for out-patient services with four local mental health providers. We also recently added a full-time Behavioral Health Coordinator position to oversee the program and its imminent growth in the coming years.