In 2020-21, Avery’s Foundation raised over $140K for mental health support at the two main Alberta Hospitals.
This cause was important to us due to the tremendous impact it has on children’s mental health as shown in the Stollery’s own data:
– 70 per cent of mental health problems begin in childhood and adolescence
– Mental health affects one in two Canadians by age 40
– Half of those with chronic disorders show symptoms by age 14
In 2020, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation committed to raise $6.5M over five years to bring integrated, clinical mental health services to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. support and commitment has helped the integrated mental health services within the emergency department to boost helpline support to be 24/7, along with other improvements including building a separate walk-in clinic space to help to increase timely access to an expert team of nurses, social workers, therapists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists.