We’re excited to announce that the Mental Health Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation will receive $50,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to support ACCESS Open Minds. RBC’s gift will fund a new Peer Parent Support Network for ACCESS OM’s Edmonton site.
Peer support networks are increasingly being recognized as an essential component to care; they connect families and carers who are struggling with others who have lived through similar experiences.
Providing accessible mental health services for youth living across Northern Alberta is a priority for both the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Mental Health Foundations.
Says Andrew Otway, CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, “We are pleased to be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation to support ACCESS Open Minds. Together we endeavor to ensure that young patients receive the best mental healthcare services across the treatment spectrum—ranging from acute care in hospitals to outpatient care across the community—in a timely manner. RBC’s generous contribution is the first milestone on our road toward system transformation for child and adolescent mental health. We are grateful for their support.”
“RBC is deeply committed to supporting programs that help young people and their families access the right care at the right time,” says Tasha Giroux, Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, RBC. “We are honored to stand behind programs like the Peer Parent Network at ACCESS Open Minds that enable youth and families to navigate the sometimes uncertain waters of mental health care and get the support they need.”
RBC has already provided more than $34 million to other organizations dedicated to helping kids and families get the programs and resources they need. “This new Peer Parent Network will help foster a community that is emotionally equipped to support youth accessing mental health care,” says Mark Korthuis, Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation, “and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to RBC for making it possible to create one at ACCESS Open Minds.”
Next week, John Cameron Entertainment is hosting Crescendo, an exciting live music event in support of the two Foundations. Steven Page and Mark Masri will be taking the stage, in addition to the talented John Cameron Orchestra, to celebrate mental health. In a continuation of efforts to bolster programming at ACCESS Open Minds, the Mental Health Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation will be directing all money raised from Crescendo to the initiative.
On June 9 come out and help us make a difference in the lives of Edmonton’s youth! Learn more at crescendoyeg.com.