"I am convinced that lives by can be saved if proper supports are put in place."
Seven years ago, Dianne Young's son, Lennon, took his own life after struggling with addiction and mental health issues, at just 29 years old.
Soon after the loss of her son, Dianne set out to be part of the solution, by opening a recovery home on Prince Edward Island for those battling with addictions and their mental health.
Dianne has challenged and protested the lack of available resources for those in crisis on the island and strives to bring better services to those without access to the care those on PEI so desperately need.
Dianne turned her painful loss into a passion to make care and recovery available to islanders and provide a safe, reliable home for those ready to get their life back.
Dianne Young, Founder of Lennon Recovery House, pictured with a painting of her son, Lennon.
The mission at Lennon House is to provide a temporary home in a caring, healing community for those recovering from addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Here at Lennon House, we strive to foster a culture of self-respect and care for each other in an atmosphere of compassion, responsibility, and accountability.
We aspire to engage clients, staff, volunteers, and our local community in a holistic plan for healthy living.
The model of care followed at Lennon House will be based on a holistic approach to recovery. Our goal is to provide individuals with a better opportunity to recover and heal from addictions and mental health issues.
Opened in 1882, what is now Lennon House was formerly the St. Augustine's Convent, a Convent Boarding and Day School run by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame.
In 1932, it was destroyed by fire, but quickly rebuilt to continue schooling for local residents.
1977, after several transfers of ownership, the building was purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown and renamed as the Belcourt Centre, used as a retreatment house and renewal centre from 1981 through 2004.
From 2004 through 2013, Belcourt centre continued to offer services to those in need of a homelike atmosphere.
Dianne Young, Lennon House's Director, submitted a proposal to repurpose Belcourt Centre in hopes of beginning her dream of an addiction and recovery centre for those struggling as her son did. In October of 2017, Bishop Richard Grecco accepted Dianne's proposal, and she handed him a loonie to close the sale.
Lennon House officially opened in April of 2020 and now houses 22 residents, both male and female, who have begun their journey to successful recovery from addiction.