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Youth support groups busy after Hubley's death
With more than a week passing since Jamie Hubley died from suicide, focus is shifting to helping other youth and the organizations that support them.
Ottawa's Youth Services Bureau said calls to its crisis line have spiked since the 15-year-old's death, with an influx of money coming in as well.
One such fundraiser happened Friday night at Saunders Farm southwest of Ottawa, where Hubley worked as an actor in the Halloween display.
"We're able to add a second day a week to offer kids and families who are in crisis to come and walk into the walk-in mental health clinic," said Charles Bordeleau with the bureau.
Hubley, who was openly gay, died after living with depression and years of bullying.
People at the farm said the event also worked to spread awareness of the services that are out there as well as remember Hubley's love of the farm.
"Tonight is really about honouring Jamie's joy and spirit for the farm and hoping we're raising funds," said Mark Saunders. "But really, hopefully we're raising more awareness that no other youth out there feels alone and they've got a place to go."
"It means a lot to me to see this many kids out here and having fun," said Jamie's father, Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley. "It's always been a special place to my family – the kids come, they can run around, they can be whoever they want to be."
CHEO, the Royal Ottawa hospital and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board are hosting a free information session Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Robert Borden High School in Nepean on suicide, depression and bullying.
If you need help or know someone who does, the following services are available:
- Kids' Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- Youth Services Bureau's 24/7 Crisis Line (Ottawa and eastern Ontario): 1-877-377-7775 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ottawa Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991
- Quebec Crisis Centre: 1-866-277-3553
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Katie Griffin