Following are testimonials of former Youthdale patients, parents, and professionals. Names are withheld to protect their privacy.
"I'll never forget Youthdale! NEVER! I mean, how could I? You guys changed my entire outlook on life!"
"Thank you so much for all that you have done. Things are going well at home and at school (I'm catching up quickly) and I know it wouldn't have been like this without you."
"…you were a great support to both my family as well as myself. I always felt you listened to me and took my thoughts and ideas about my treatment seriously. Thank you for believing in my ability to turn my life around by getting off of the self-destructive path I was on and to begin my healing journey. I feel I cannot thank you enough…All I can say is that I hope that one day I will be an awesome effective and amazing social worker just like you."
"I will miss you so much that I don't want to go because you guys are so nice to me."
"I want to thank you for all your help and your support…And thank you for keeping me safe!"
"For the first time in my life, I believe in myself. I believe things will get better…"
"Thank you. I wouldn't have gotten this far without all of you… Without you guys, I wouldn't be where I am today. You were what made me keep trying… Thank you so much, you've helped me through a lot and have made a big difference in my life…I hope you continue to help other kids the way you've helped me."
"I just wanted to say thank you to you all for your support, encouragement and patience with me."
"Your support and kind words have given me hope for the future."
"I would like to take this opportunity, and thank you for all your help with (our daughter's) recovery. If it wasn't for your care, your dedication, and most importantly your compassion, I don't know where (she) would be today."
"Thank you are just mere words. I don't know what else to say for your miraculous abilities to help (our son) get better and to where he is today compared to when I brought him in. It doesn't seem that long ago when I could hear (him) banging and banging staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning when I would talk to you on the phone. (My partner) and I don't know how you did it."
"What a long night's journey into day. I won't tell him – but I'm telling you it's the first time I've felt real hope in a long time. Thanks for your professionalism and care."
"Prior to entering the Youthdale program, we found ourselves seeking support from different and unconnected specialists. While we feel we worked with excellent people, it was extremely difficult…It was like a puzzle where the pieces did not fit together. Youthdale put all the pieces together. As a result, our efforts, once fragmented and exhausting, became focused and integrated. We joined a team that could focus on every aspect of the needs of our child."
"Whether working with a psychiatrist, a social worker, teacher or residential worker, we were always impressed with the quality of interaction each individual displayed in the conduct of their duties."
"It’s the first time I’ve felt real hope in a long time. Thanks for your professionalism and care."
"...we are profoundly grateful to live in Ontario where these values have been upheld so positively through the existence of organizations such as Youthdale."
"You not only saved his life but have laid a firm foundation and he seems to have a better understanding of himself."
"I want to thank you and your entire team for everything that you have done for us."
"Your dedication, kindness and caring attitude toward our daughter will never be forgotten."
"Thank you everyone for a wonderful experience! I have learned something from every single one of you, and look forward to using these skills in my future endeavours."
"Thank you all for your patience, guidance and teaching throughout my placement. It has been a great learning experience."
The preceding testimonials were provided by patients, parents, and professionals based on their personal experiences with Youthdale Treatment Centres. Their names have been withheld to protect their privacy.