Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation launches $26-million campaign to support child and youth addiction and mental health
Funding commitment of five-year campaign one of the largest gifts to Alberta Health
The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation announced a $26-million commitment today to mental health and substance-use treatment services for children and teens in northern Alberta. The Foundation’s five-year, public fundraising campaign is in partnership with the Government of Alberta’s $200-million investment in a new mental health centre in Edmonton for kids and youth, with the Foundation receiving naming rights on the new building.
“Since 2007, we’ve invested millions in pediatric mental health programs at the Stollery and more than $4 million in pediatric mental health research at the University of Alberta,” says Mike House, president and CEO of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. “More than 90 per cent of donors and non-donors we surveyed in northern Alberta tell us that mental health is a top priority for them and their families. That’s why we’re building on our long-term commitment to children’s mental health by raising $26 million for specialized facilities and family-centred care programs at the new child and youth addiction and mental health centre in Edmonton that will proudly bear the Stollery name.”
“When a child or teen is struggling with a mental health crisis or needs specialized emotional supports, they need help as quickly as possible,” says the Honourable Sarah Hoffman, minister of health for the province of Alberta. “Our government has been clear about our commitment to mental health and we are proud to partner with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation on this project.”
The yet-to-be-named Stollery child and youth mental health centre will be built on AHS-owned land east of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Projected to open in 2024, the building will include:
- 101 inpatient beds
- Mental health programs and crisis services, including walk-in and urgent clinics
- A mobile response team
- Intensive school-based treatment and onsite school programs
- Specialized outpatient clinics
- A therapeutic recreation complex
- A family resource centre
Click here to read the official government news release. To learn more or to make a donation, visit stollerykids.com/mental health.
Vice-President, Marketing & Communications
Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation