News - October 26 2017

$ 15,000 to finance our program Solidaires pour la santé mentale


We are pleased to announce that the Medavie Health Foundation has recently chosen to financially support Fondation Jeunes en Tête, as well as two other organizations offering youth mental health prevention and intervention programs in Quebec: EquiLibre and Revivre. Funding provided through the Medavie Health Foundation’s 2017 Grants Program.


Through our grants program, we fund grass-roots initiatives that are making a real difference
to Canadians on an individual and community level. These organizations support individuals and
their families impacted by mental health in receiving the help they need, while building capacity
in our communities. This aligns with our vision, that all Canadians, especially young Canadians,
have access to the supports and tools they need to live their best lives.

– Patty Faith, Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation


$15,000 grant for the Youth in Mind Foundation

Fondation Jeunes en Tête is happy with this new mark of trust that will help support its Partners for Life program. Completely free, this awareness program is offered in high schools to help students, teachers, parents and health professionals recognize psychological distress. This program aims to change health behaviours and directs people to available resources in the community.

Each year, we raise awareness about depression with over 45,000 young people
through our free program, Partners for Life. This grant from Medavie Health Foundation will help us
maintain our presence in schools and support youth in becoming well-rounded adults with good mental health.”

– Mélanie Boucher, Executive Director, Fondation Jeunes en Tête


Quick Facts :

• Some 50% of youth are dissatisfied with their body shape although most are of normal weight or even under weight.
Body dissatisfaction is associated with low self-esteem, depression, psychological distress, suicidal thoughts and school dropout.

• Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 34 after accidents.
In 2012, suicide accounted for 28% of deaths among youth aged 15 to 19, and 25% among young adults aged 20 to 24.(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).

• 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness or substance use disorders than any other age group.(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).