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In those dire moments for help, nobody wants to wait, they need a facility open

Updated: Apr 9, 2018

By Shaun Gregory, Seaforth Huron Expositor

A grieving Seaforth mother and father launched a foundation because they feel mental health and addictions do not have the leisure of taking days off as they are a 24/7 responsibility for all communities - Huron County is lacking in this area.

John and Heather Steffler, from Harpurhey (just outside Seaforth) lost their son Tanner at the young age of 19 on June 6 of this year- he battled with an opiate addiction. 

The two have recently propelled a foundation in his memory with an end goal of creating a facility to help youth in the 12-24 years old age group.

Currently in the beginning stages, the two said this project is at least five years from fruition; for now, phase one is education and awareness. The couple have already reached out to well-established organizations in the area including the police, school boards, and medical communities as they have all had extensive experience with this issue.

The police are well aware of the narcotic side of things, since they say they’re currently readily available and becoming a problem in Huron County, as stated by the OPP during a drug forum last year.

The Tanner Steffler Foundation is a charitable organization that primarily focuses on creating a “culture of change in mental health, addictions and wellness services” for the youth and their families in Huron County.

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