Mental health centre closing at end of July leaving many who cannot afford without services, says board chair

Chris Bailey

COBOURG — Christine Bailey, chair of the board for the Northumberland Community Counselling Centre. The organization is closing its doors at the end of July. It hopes to become a Peterborough Community Counselling and Family Centre satellite if it wins government approval.

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Chris Bailey, the board chair for the Northumberland Community Counselling Centre, announced it would be closing at the end of July. It provides mental health services for about 1,000 people a year, mostly free of charge. Bailey says it will be devastating to the community. It is $60,000 short due to its inability to fundraise the money but could not do so due to the pandemic. The annual budget is about $420,000. It has received support from the Northumberland United Way, but it is insufficient to keep it going. The Centre’s board has a plan to save the service, but everything is hanging in the balance as the provincial government decides its future.

Originally aired: July 2, 2021


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