Mental Health Investment Fund

Four organizations supported

Mental Health Investment Fund

Four organizations supported

Nearly 2,000 young people in the Quebec City area receive support through the Mental Health Investment Fund

To mark Mental Health Week, Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City, and Jacques Goulet, President of Sun Life Canada, are pleased to announce that nearly 2,000 young people in the Quebec City area received outreach, education and support this past year through the work of four organizations supported by the Mental Health Investment Fund.

The $100,000 investment, announced in February 2020 and managed by the Fondation Jeunes en Tête, supports agencies with mental health missions that complement the foundation’s activities:

  • Treatment: improving health care access for teens in the provincial capital region;
  • Raising awareness: delivering mental health awareness programs to junior high school students;
  • Screening: detecting early warning signs in the region’s students.

Growing need

Nearly one in two young people have experienced anxiety or depression since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a January 2021 survey by the Université de Sherbrooke.

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The situation is critical for students right now.

We need to focus our efforts on helping young people overcome isolation and support their mental health. This funding plays a vital role by providing youth with direct support and tools to help them cope with the impact of the pandemic.
Mr Régis Labeaume

Mayor of Québec

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Mr Régis Labeaume

Mayor of Québec

This investment aligns with Sun Life’s commitment to build mentally healthy and resilient communities.

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This investment aligns with Sun Life’s commitment to build mentally healthy and resilient communities.

The pandemic has only made the crisis worse, especially for our youth. Fortunately, we can rely on the Fondation Jeunes en Tête and its partner agencies who, through their dedication and hard work, are supporting young people with mental health prevention and awareness programs and improving access to mental health care.
Mr Jacques Goulet

President of Sun Life Canada

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Mr Jacques Goulet

President of Sun Life Canada

Selected agencies and their impact

  • Accès Psy: Promotes access to mental health services for low-income youth to prevent mental health issues from becoming severe or chronic. Impact: Provides twenty free sessions to fifteen at-risk youth struggling with a mental health issue.

 

  • Boscoville: Develops and promotes prevention and intervention best practices. Its Blues school program focuses on preventing depression in youth aged 12 to 18 and helping those with early signs get treatment. Impact: After having to find new ways to deliver services because of the pandemic, the agency’s program will launch in September 2021 in seven high schools in the Quebec City area, reaching 450 students.

 

  • Fondation Jeunes en Tête: Our mission is to prevent psychological distress in young people aged 11 to 18 in Quebec by giving them strategies to reduce anxiety and depression. Impact: We ran a virtual “Mental Health Basics” workshop free of charge in nine Quebec City high schools, reaching 1,455 students, and will add a tenth school by the end of May.

 

  • Océan: Supports social and functional independence for people with a mental illness. Impact: Nearly 400 teens from Joseph-François-Perrault high school received support this year through Océan’s Prisme program, which helps high school students develop social skills, transform their school environment, receive psychological support, and be screened and referred to appropriate resources.

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Through the work of these youth outreach partners, we can support more young people and have an impact where the needs are greatest.

Given the current situation, it’s important to join forces and combine our expertise to give adolescents the help and tools they need to build good mental health.
Catherine Burrows

Fondation Jeunes en Tête’s Associate Executive Director

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Catherine Burrows

Fondation Jeunes en Tête’s Associate Executive Director