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“R U Ready?” Event in support of National Youth Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) is pleased to work in collaboration with the Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee and Peterborough Performs, in support of National Youth Week. The “R U Ready” event is a night packed with local youth talent.

Join us at The Venue in downtown Peterborough on May 3rd from 6:30pm until 10:00 pm as we support youth who take the stage to express what mental health means to them in a positive atmosphere, through various means such as music, dance, photography, spoken word, and much more! This event is a “pay what you can,” with all proceeds in support of Team55 a local suicide prevention initiative in collaboration with CMHA HKPR. This event is suitable for all ages so all friends and families are welcome!

The purpose of Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is to establish effective linkages and liaison mechanisms between the criminal justice, health, and social service agencies. The HSJCC has partnered with Peterborough Performs, a group of 700 members who believe that positive, inclusive, and diverse family events are the best way to build a healthy community. Together we have created an event that meaningfully engages and supports youth as they prove that young people can make a difference in raising awareness about mental health in our community.

Many youth struggle with knowing the signs and symptoms of possible mental health concerns, how they and others can support those with mental health concerns, and finding the right support system. The aim of the “R U READY” event is to provide a safe space for young people to share their emotions and thoughts. Trained professionals will be available throughout the evening to give support, answer any questions, and provide community resources.

Some of Peterborough’s top performers at the event include: Andy Curtis, Jordyn McRobbie, Jade Mosher, Ella Fischer-Slack, Nathan Jackson, Tom Middleton, Nathan Bottomley, The Kenner Dance Team and The TASS Dance Team.

If you are currently enrolled in elementary or secondary school and you would like to perform, please contact John Curtis at (705) 875-8003 or

If you need information on mental health resources or suicide prevention education, please contact or at CMHA HKPR 705-748-6687 ext. 1015