Research shows that 70 per cent of mental health problems begin in childhood and adolescence, affecting one in two Canadians by age 40. And half of those who develop chronic mental health disorders show symptoms by age 14.
Our goal is to help change how mental health care for children and youth is thought about, talked about and delivered in our province so that kids from backyards across Alberta get the best chance to live a long and healthy life.
Our $5M gift for youth mental health hubs across Alberta
With the support of generous donors like you, we’ve committed $5 million over five years to the Mental Health Foundation – the largest gift in its history – to help fund integrated youth services that will improve outcomes for youth living with mental health issues in our province.
We’re proud to work with our partners at the Mental Health Foundation to support expanding youth hubs into 12 communities across Alberta. These investments will improve timely access to mental health, addiction and social services to help youth aged 11-24 get the care they need, when they need it – right in their own backyard.
Learn more about our partnership and historic gift.
Our $26M campaign for a new Stollery centre for mental health and addiction services
For young patients and their families, finding the help they need, when they need it is often challenging. In 2017, the Government of Alberta acknowledged the need to improve and bring together under one roof pediatric mental health care in the Edmonton Zone, and committed $200 million towards a new facility that will help families across northern Alberta.
In 2019, we embarked on a five-year, $26-million fundraising campaign to support the government’s plan to build a specialized addiction and mental health centre for children and youth that’s projected to open in Edmonton in 2024. This first-of-its-kind facility for Alberta and northwestern Canada will bear the Stollery name and offer the Stollery standard of excellence, ensuring the most advanced family-centred care possible.
Check out the following stories to learn more, and please donate today to help fund family-centred facilities for specialized programs within the new facility.
Our ongoing, long-term commitment to child and youth mental health
Thanks to donors like you, we have an ongoing and long-term commitment to child and youth mental health in Alberta that continues to make a life-changing difference for families, whether in Edmonton or in remote backyards across the province.
- In November 2018, we launched a two-year, $1.5 million fundraising campaign in partnership with the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation to advance care for families at the QEII Hospital, with funds supporting a youth mental health unit, family-centred care programs and pediatric equipment.
- From counselling services and bereavement programs for families coping with the loss of a child, to pet therapy and music therapy programs that help kids cope on a daily basis, we have invested millions in pediatric mental health services to help families at the Stollery Children’s Hospital since 2014.
- Since 2007, we have invested more than $6 million through the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute to fund 99 pediatric mental health research projects at the University of Alberta.
Read our HEROES stories to learn about the positive impact your donations make.