How Cannabis Helped Save A Grassroots Mental-Health Initiative: The LOST Organization

Article by Amanda Siebert, The Georgia Straight

How cannabis helped save a grassroots mental-health initiative: The LOST Organization MMJ Canada is establishing community-oriented mental-health facilities in Hamilton, Ontario, and Vancouver, B.C.  by Amanda Siebert. Co-founder and facilitator of the LOST Organization Rebecca Taube and MMJ Canada CEO Clint Younge outside the LOST Organization in Hamilton. A second facility in Vancouver will open next month.

When Rebecca Taube set out to make a series of changes in her life after struggling with depression and anxiety, she had no idea it would lead to the creation of an organization that would eventually serve others struggling with their mental health, too.

The Hamilton, Ontario resident is the cofounder and facilitator of LOST, an organization that seeks to provide support for individual wellness through a support group, peer counseling, community yoga classes, and more.

“Big moments led to the creation of LOST,” Taube told the Straight over the phone from Hamilton earlier this month.

It was the inquiry of a family member struggling with mental health issues of their own that spurred Taube into action.

Though her family member didn’t have a drug or alcohol problem, they told Taube they were finding more support at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the community than from their therapist.

Taube asked if there were any local mental-health support groups to attend instead, and while a few specific groups were offered at a nearby hospital, there weren’t any readily accessible options for those who might be in crisis.

“I myself struggled with depression and anxiety, and I have that knowledge, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I draft up a support group and see if it works?'” she said.

But without support, it proved to be too much work for one person, and after one year, Taube was resigned to the fact that she couldn’t do it alone.

“I wrote down every possible way it could have worked, and it wouldn’t have happened without a partner,” she said.

“Literally the day before Clint called me and said, ‘I read what you’re doing and I think we could work together’, I quit.”

Clint Younge’s call couldn’t have come at more opportune time. The CEO of MMJ Canada had also struggled with mental health issues, and couldn’t think of a better way to champion support for those similarly affected by making LOST a division of the cross-country cannabis brand.

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