How do I know if Pine River is the right place for my child?

When a child is struggling with mental health issues and addictive behaviours, there is a spectrum of services available. The most appropriate service for your child will reflect the severity and complexity of his or her issues, and your child and family’s individual needs.

The students at Pine River are aged 13 to 19. These youth are typically experiencing a global breakdown – in school, in relationships, in physical health, in emotional development.

Most youth who attend Pine River have a history of:

  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Family conflict
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of motivation
  • Excessive anger, defiance
  • School truancy, failure, suspension, or expulsion
  • Running away
  • Street involvement
  • Contact with the law, and/or
  • Trauma

“Pine River was the most life changing experience for the better. When I started, I felt hopeless, lost and just completely worthless. I couldn’t find a reason to get out of bed anymore or if there was any hope for me to ever live a better life than the one I was living…I look at it as one of the most emotional times and the key to my happiness. It helped me deal with issues I didn’t even realize existed, I got through many negative experiences that I had just thrown to the back of my mind and thought had disappeared but they were really adding up and affecting how I was on a day to day basis because of them. Looking back if Pine River wasn’t there, I honestly don’t know where I would be.”

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