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LIKE CANCER, THIS AFFECTS NEARLY EVERY CANADIAN AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE.

#1 NON ACCIDENTAL KILLER OF 15-24 YEAR OLDS.

CONSUMED $7.9 BILLION OF HEALTH CARE DOLLARS IN 1999

HALF THE PEOPLE WITH THIS DISEASE NEVER GO SEE A DOCTOR.

3.2 MILLION 12-19 YEAR OLD CANADIANS AT RISK

= MENTAL HEALTH

We Have Lots of Data!

But its not the statistics that matter – its the toll that mental health takes on individual Canadians, their families, employers and taxpayers

So while some experts say (Royal Ottawa Hospital Chief of Staff) that Mental Health affects more Canadians than any other disease, the amount we invest in services and research is (it may sound harsh but its true) pathetic.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa:

The Youth Services Bureau serves youth aged 12 and older. Focus is on youth with difficulties that affect their physical and/or emotional well-being and development.

Whatever the challenges and however great the obstacles, there is hope and there is help. The Youth Services Bureau empowers youth to make choices today that can help them secure the future they want.

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Ottawa Senators Foundation – Physical & Mental Wellness

The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.

Since 2009, the Ottawa Senators Foundation has pledged more than $1.5 million of support with charitable organizations focused on meeting the needs of families with children and youth suffering from various forms of mental health illnesses.

Did you know that in Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them?  This needs to change.

To address these statistics we have partnered with DIFD to create awareness, inspire conversations and transform youth mental health. DIFD (Do It For Daron) encourages young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed. DIFD provides young people, their parents, teachers, coaches and other adult role models with the resources, outlets and, most importantly, courage to overcome the shame and fear of discussing mental illness.

The purple DIFD heart, a creation inspired by Daron’s favourite colour, has become the youth-driven symbol of this movement. It is a visual reminder that only love and awareness, not hiding in the shadows, can combat youth mental illness. For more information please visit www.sensfoundation.com