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New funding will boost mental health and substance abuse programs in region


One in five adolescents reported having a major depressive episode in 2021.

For adults, one in four reported having a mental health related health issue in that same year, said Kevin Whelley, program director for the local YMCAs new Wellbeing Initiative.

"Those are our neighbors, our brothers, our sisters, our mothers, our friends, our students," he said. "That is why a program like this is so vital."

Representatives from the five YMCAs joined U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright on Wednesday at the Greater Scranton YMCA in Dunmore to unveil the initiative. The congressman secured $1.85 million in federal funding for the programming which will address mental health issues and substance use disorder.

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