RBC Foundation supports youth with $500,000 gift to Mental Health Foundation

RBC Foundation shares MHF’s commitment to access to mental health care for young people. Their generous contribution will help realize the vision of integrated youth services over next 3 years.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is proud to announce, on behalf of all the partners of the Alberta Integrated Youth Services Initiative, that the RBC Foundation has generously donated a visionary gift of $500,000 over three years to expand integrated youth services in Alberta.

RBC Foundation shares MHF’s dedication to ensuring that youth and families have access to the right care at the right time. Their funding will help expand the developing Alberta Integrated Youth Services Initiative (AB-IYSI) through the creation of “hubs” in select communities across Alberta. Alberta youth aged 12-24 will be able to receive holistic, evidence-based, trauma-informed care in these youth-friendly centres, which will offer primary care, mental health services, addiction counselling, peer support and social services all integrated under one roof.

The AB-IYSI aims to transform access to care through facilitating systems transformation. In order to do this, strong partnerships and collaboration at all levels is necessary. The initiative will see service providers in communities across the province working together to remove barriers to access that youth and families face when looking for mental health services. These barriers include disconnected and fragmented services, extensive wait times, and differing age mandates and criteria determining whether a young person can access the care they need when they need it.

Through intentional collaboration, partners can coordinate existing services to create a more welcoming, timely, and equitable experience for young people who need help. The RBC Foundation is a vital partner, enabling the AB-IYSI to increase access to quality, youth-friendly services in Alberta, and ultimately improve the health outcomes of young people.

Mental health is the single largest health problem faced by young people in our country today, and no one group can address it alone. We are pleased to partner with the Mental Health Foundation to support the next generation of Canadians in their mental health and wellbeing and to help find solutions to meet that need.
Jeff Boyd, RBC Regional President, Alberta & the Territories

The RBC Foundation has committed $500 million over 10 years to supporting youth, and has already supported 292 communities in 75 cities across Canada. Research shows that prevention, early intervention, and access to services are among the most important factors in mental health and addiction recovery. The RBC Foundation’s gift is an investment that will significantly contribute to better mental health in local communities.

Says Mark Korthuis, President & CEO of the Mental Health Foundation: “We’re so grateful to the RBC Foundation for their tremendous gift. It signals a strong commitment to the long-term wellness of our province’s youth and alignment with a bold vision to achieve it. In other provinces where integrated youth services are being successfully championed, philanthropy has played a pivotal role in advancing this youth-centered model and garnering government support. We look forward to working together alongside community, researchers, and government to serve Alberta’s youth.”

To learn more about integrated youth services, please visit www.youthopendoors.com.