TD Bank Group (TD) is a long-time supporter of kids’ health, contributing to the treatment and care of children from coast-to-coast-to coast since 1994. In 2020, TD and Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF) came together to address the pressing health and developmental needs of adolescents.
We are thrilled to share that TD selected the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation as their 2022 annual initiative grant recipient, awarding $500,000 to fund research in the following four areas of adolescent health (youth ages 10 through 18):
- Mental health
- Relationships with food
- Chronic conditions
- Transition to adult care
In collaboration with the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute and three of their researchers, TD is helping to make a life-changing difference in the care of adolescents for years to come.
Today, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents are impacted by mental health concerns. This is particularly prevalent among Indigenous communities, where mental health challenges and suicide rates are disproportionately high. Yifeng Wei is creating a mental health literacy intervention to ensure Indigenous youth have access to the support they need — when and where they need it.
Indigenous youth are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases related to physical activity levels and diet. These health inequities are rooted in the lasting effects of colonization. Kate Storey, with support from the TD funds, is working to expand a peer-led mentorship intervention program to reduce health inequities among Indigenous adolescents. Learn more.
Dr. Andrew Mackie
Approximately 15 per cent of Canadian adolescents live with at least one chronic condition and must transition from pediatric to adult services once they turn 18. Without appropriate care during this transition, adolescents struggle to manage their illness into adulthood. Dr. Andrew Mackie is developing an app that empowers adolescents to take responsibility for their own health.