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1 November 2019 - 8:04, by , in LINC News, Comments off

Label Innovation is looking forward to taking part in this year’s Ottawa SleepOUT, an event dedicated to changing the lives of Ottawa’s homeless youth.  The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) helped start this event to raise awareness and funds for assistance programs, shelters etc for the homeless youth in Ottawa.

LINC will once again rally together to support this worthy cause. Several employees will band together to brave the elements and the sleep outside at TD Place on Thursday, November 28 and help the YSB achieve their goals. This year’s fundraising goals hopes to surpass $250,000.

The upcoming winter months are not the only battle for homeless youth in Ottawa. Many are suffering from trauma, mental health issues, poverty, addiction, and other challenges that contribute to homelessness. The statistics can be even more unsettling:

  • 1,400 youth in Ottawa are homeless
  • Over 68% of homeless youth have at least one diagnosable mental health issue
  • Up to 60% of homeless youth have considered ending their lives, 46% report have attempted suicide
  • 61% of homeless youth experienced childhood trauma and abuse
  • 1 in 4 shelter clients in Ottawa are youth under 17 years of age vs. the national average of 1 in 7

You can help make a difference in the life of a youth.  To learn more about the 2019 SleepOUT event or the Youth Services Bureau, visit at sleepout.ysb.ca today.

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