Caring for mental health

We aim to make mental health care for children and youth more accessible so that every child can get the care they need, when they need it.

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You can help make sure kids and youth have increased access to mental health care at the Stollery Children’s Hospital:

  • 24/7 access to clinical emergency mental health services at the Stollery Emergency and through a crisis phone line service
  • On-site services at the Walter C. Mackenzie Stollery site for kids and youth who present as low-risk as an alternative to waiting for an emergency department assessment

By the numbers...

1/2

of Canadians are personally affected by mental health by age 40

70%

of mental health problems begin in childhood and adolescence

1/2

of those who develop chronic mental health disorders show symptoms by age 14

We need your help to provide mental health patients and families access to care from specialized mental health teams:

  • Specialized bedside support for kids and adolescents who present with mental health concerns
  • Highly-trained child psychiatrists, therapists, nurses and social workers working alongside emergency physicians and clinical support staff to provide mental health examinations and risk assessments
  • A specialized team who works with patients and families after a suicide attempt to make sure children and youth have access to available community supports before being discharged
With this campaign, we're making it so that kids can get the right care when they need it most.
– Mike House, president & CEO, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

But we still have a long way to go, as the demand and complexity of mental health cases are rising:

  • In 2020-21, more than 2,552 visits to the Stollery Emergency were mental health cases, which is 907 more visits than the previous year
  • Each day, the Stollery Emergency sees seven children in mental health crisis
  • The complexity of mental health cases is increasing

Support child and youth mental health care at the Stollery:

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Our commitment to mental health care extends beyond the Stollery's four walls

  • We’ve supported Kickstand, connecting young Albertans with virtual mental health experts
  • We’ve partnered with the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation to advance care for families at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, with funds supporting a youth mental health unit
  • Since 2007, we’ve helped fund 155 pediatric mental health research projects at the University of Alberta through the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute

Contact Nafisa for more information about our mental health campaign

Nafisa Bowen
Senior development officer, major gifts 780.431.8909

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