Oct 5, 2011

RBC pledges support to Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa’s mental health programs

Ottawa, October 5, 2011—Thanks to a $20,000 donation from RBC to the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Charitable Foundation, more young people and parents will get mental health support when they need it the most.

“We are incredibly proud to support youth-related initiatives that truly count in our community,” says Paul Chiasson, Regional Vice President, Ottawa East, RBC. “We believe one of the most troubling and concerning challenges our community faces is the mental health and welfare of our youth. That’s why RBC is focused on supporting organizations like YSB that get to the heart of this matter and address this important issue in our National Capital.”

“We can change the outcomes for the 1 in 5 young people in Ontario who have a mental health condition,” said Joanne Lowe, YSB’s executive director. “By increasing access to timely services, we can ensure that young people get help more quickly and reduce the impact on their success at home, at school and with their peers.”

The donation will be used to enhance the capacity of YSB’s walk-in counselling services for young people 12 to 20 years of age, and their parents, in Ottawa.

YSB’s services are free, accessible, bilingual, youth-friendly and available when young people need them. Its clients are struggling with a range of mental health issues, from anxiety and depression, to eating disorders, self harm, and thoughts of suicide. The clinic also provides support to parents concerned about their teenagers.

YSB has a full range of mental health services, from a 24/7 Crisis Line for children, youth and families in Eastern Ontario, to specialized programs for youth with multiple needs. YSB is accredited by Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

Founded in 1960, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agencies serving youth in Ottawa and is a registered charity. YSB offers over 30 programs and serves 3,000 youth and families every month in the areas of youth engagement, housing and homelessness, mental health, youth justice and employment.

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