FR | EN

A Family of Support – Child and

Youth Mental Health Initiative

Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF), together with the Sobey Foundation and Sobeys Inc., have created A Family of Support – Child and Youth Mental Health Initiative — a ground-breaking partnership that builds a Canada-wide circle of care for kids and families.

A Family of Support – Child and

Youth Mental Health Initiative

Children’s hospitals have reported that one of the greatest challenges affecting the health and well-being of Canadian families from coast to coast is mental health. Children’s hospitals have reported that one of the greatest challenges affecting the health and well-being of Canadian families from coast to coast is mental health. 

  • Mental illness affects more than 1 million children and youth in Canada.
  • 20 percent of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness but only 1 in 5 receive the services they need.
  • Over the last decade, there has been a 75 percent increase in children and youth visits to Emergency Departments for mental health conditions. 

While there is ample evidence that investments in prevention and early intervention have the greatest potential to reduce the impacts of mental illness, resources continue to focus on acute care. This means most children and youth struggling with mental health challenges often cannot access support services until their concerns escalate to a crisis. 

That’s where the A Family of Support – Child and Youth Mental Health Initiative comes in. Each of the 13 children’s hospital foundations taking part have identified a critical program that will be made possible through the support of the Sobey Foundation, Sobeys Inc., our teammates and our generous customers. The programs have been identified based on the greatest needs of the populations in their respective communities.

For the first time, all 13 children’s hospitals across the country have joined together under one cause. And it is the first time the Sobey Foundation and Sobeys Inc. have joined together on a national investment of this scale. Inspired by the Sobeys Family legacy of philanthropy and visionary leadership, the initiative will make healthier tomorrows possible for more kids and families from coast to coast. Together, we will raise awareness and funds to ensure brighter mental health outcomes are possible for more kids in Canada.

To learn more visit aFamilyofSupport.com

Pledge to the Charity Golf Classic Now

The Alberta Children’s Hospital

Through the generosity of donors, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation funds excellence in family-centred programs, life-saving equipment and technology, and ground-breaking research – all to support the 100,000 children and families who rely on the Alberta Children’s Hospital each year. Community support has enabled the hospital to build nation-leading expertise to help children with life-threatening and life-changing illness and injury, including those battling childhood cancer and brain-related disorders. Thanks to community support, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation is proudly partnering with Alberta Health Services in the creation of a new Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health, expected to open in late 2021.

“Now more than ever, families are seeing health and economic crises collide. For families of children in medical crisis who rely on the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the compounding stress can be too much to bear,” says Saifa Koonar, President and CEO of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Isolation and uncertainty are exacerbating mental health issues for hundreds of other young people in our community. They need our support. It’s heartwarming to know that community leaders like Sobeys and their employees are committed to standing beside these young people by supporting the new Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health.” 

Saifa Koonar

President & CEO, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

Pledge to the Charity Golf Classic Now

SickKids

SickKids always been on the front lines in the fight for children’s health. But today, our biggest battle is against limits. The limits of an old building, on generating new knowledge and translating it to treatment and delivering seamless health care to every child. Join us, and unleash the full potential of SickKids.

“SickKids Foundation is grateful for the generous support from Sobeys through their fundraising efforts in lieu of their Charity Golf Classic this year. Funds raised through this partnership will help continue to advance research and care at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), which helps SickKids take on the greatest challenges in child health, and win.” 

Seanna Millar

Senior Vice President, Corporate & Community Partnerships, SickKids Foundation

Pledge to the Charity Golf Classic Now

Meet a Few More of our Community Partners