The local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has hired a second ‘Grief Works’ therapist even though the program receives no government funding.
“We can’t have grieving young people waiting for six months,” therapist Carolyn Jenner-Dupuis told CTV News. “I can’t imagine what that six months would have felt like for someone like Hannah.”
Jenner-Dupuis is referring to Hannah Eveland-Carey, 21, who she treated for two years starting in 2018.
“Hannah is exactly the reason I do my job,” said Jenner-Dupuis. “She’s not that broken, destroyed young woman that she was when she came to see me.”
Eveland-Carey’s father, Michael Carey took his own life in 2018.
“It felt super surreal like it was just a fantasy and he was going to show up the next day and everything would be okay again,” Eveland-Carey said. “You go into grief not expecting how dark those feelings are. And you just kind of go numb for a while.”