Meet Family of Support

It takes a family to support children and youth with mental health challenges.
Now more than ever.
We are building a Canada-wide circle of support that will chart a brighter course for early interventions in child and youth mental health. Together, we will create healthier tomorrows for more kids from coast to coast.

Often families can feel like child and youth mental health challenges need to stay in the family. With the help of the Sobey Foundation, Sobeys Inc., and Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations, a family’s circle of support is bigger than they think. Let’s create a new definition of family, one that includes hospital workers, community members, and even your local grocery store – we are all family uniting for child and youth mental health.

Thirteen children’s hospital foundations, together with the Sobey Foundation and 127,000 Sobeys Inc. teammates, have created A Family of Support: Child and Youth Mental Health Initiative – a ground-breaking investment that will help kids while they’re still kids, giving them the best possible chance to thrive.

This network of Children’s Hospital Foundations from coast to coast will implement a diverse range of innovative programs that will improve lives, decrease stigma, strengthen families and help more children and youth access the help they need.

A National Initiative With Local Impact

Collectively, the 13 children’s hospitals see over 5,000 children and youth every day. They treat the most critical cases, tend to be a family’s first point of contact with mental health care, and are usually the largest local mental health care provider.

Moreover, 40% of children with a chronic health problem have a concurrent mental health challenge, meaning many referrals to mental health services come from other hospital departments. These mental health departments offer unrivaled care and benefits, including:


  • Being home to world-leading experts
  • Driving research that puts new knowledge and tools in the hands of frontline care providers.
  • Partnering with local communities to build mental health care capacity across the system through education and outreach.
  • Pivotal anchor points for regional telepsychiatry networks that extend into remote communities.