TV star Bryan Baeumler knows what its like to be a teen with emotional problems. Bryan, who hosts multiple home improvement TV series on HGTV and has his own construction company announced in Burlington that he will be the spokesperson for ROCK’s campaign to double the size of its facility on Pearl Street so it can service the 15,000 children who need help with mental wellness issues each year
“I know I look like a tough guy on TV and that I have it all together,” said Baeumler. But in my late teens and early 20’s I suffered from anxiety. I spent a few years in a very dark place dealing with severe anxiety and agoraphobia. Had I known about ROCK then it would have saved me from some terrible pain.
Which is why it is so fitting that Bryan has stepped forward as the face of ROCK’s new campaign to raise a total of $6 million to build a new facility attached to the Lion’s Club. ROCK CEO Ron Rodgers says the building is necessary because so many children are waiting in line for services. “We built this facility to service 400 children but we now have more than 15,000 a year plus a growing waiting list who need our help.”
ROCK is the largest accredited children’s mental health centre in the Region of Halton. ROCK’s services are available to infants, children, youth and their families aged birth to 18 and up to 21 in the case of homelessness.