HALIFAX, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Three of every five youth who access
services through the Phoenix Centre for Youth require treatment and
support for mental health issues - much higher than the general
population's one in five. The Medavie Health Foundation today announced
a $30,000 grant that will enable the staff at Phoenix House to continue
to facilitate the identification and intervention of mental health
The Phoenix Centre for Youth provides support to enable at-risk youth to
achieve their employment and education goals, ensuring young people
receive the help they need to live productive and fulfilling lives. In
the case of youth with mental health concerns, addressing these issues
is often the first step on the path to achieving longer term goals.
"We recognize the strong link between homeless youth and mental health
issues," said Ruth Rappini, Vice-President, Medavie Health Foundation.
"Phoenix has become a trusted resource for at-risk youth in the Halifax
area. We are proud to augment their efforts to identify and support
youth with mental health concerns at this critical time in their
"It is clear that early and effective mental health support dramatically
impacts the quality of life of the youth we serve. What is just as
important to note is that by providing this support we also improve the
quality of life for the community in which our youth live. Medavie
Health Foundation understands this and their contributions are making
life transforming differences," said Timothy Crooks, Executive
The Medavie Health Foundation is focused on developing partnerships and
supporting programs in two core cause areas - child and youth mental
health and type 2 diabetes.
To date, the Foundation has committed more than $1.2 million to
single-and multi-year grant and partnership programs, some of which
have yet to be formally announced. With the launch of the formal grants
program and website earlier this year, this level of support will be
expanded to reach communities and organizations across Atlantic Canada.
To apply for funding through the Medavie Health Foundation Grants
Program, please visit www.medaviehealthfoundation.ca. Applications will be accepted between February 1 and April 30, 2012.
Organizations must be a registered charity offering programs in one of
the core cause areas.
About the Medavie Health Foundation
The Medavie Health Foundation is funded by Medavie Blue Cross and our partner, Medavie EMS, as part of a long term commitment to make a lasting impact in the
communities where our employees and customers live and work. Today,
with a growing capital base of almost $30 million, the Foundation will
provide a legacy to benefit future generations.
The Foundation is focused on two core causes that are of particular
concern to Canadians - child and youth mental health and type 2
diabetes. It aims to bring organizations and communities together
through collaborative multi-year partnerships and to support
grassroots, community based initiatives through an annual grants
As a not-for-profit organization, Medavie Blue Cross is proud to commit
an annual social dividend of 10 per cent of our net income to the
Medavie Health Foundation.
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Phoenix provides support to at-risk and homeless youth in our community
through a variety of programs and services, including emergency
short-term shelter, long-term shelter, counseling, education,
employment guidance and medical services.
At Phoenix, our work is to help youth transition from a place of need to
a place of health and happy independence, to a place where they can
pursue their education, to a place where they can maintain their own
home, to a place where they can contribute to the community in which
Our ultimate goal is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and
to prepare youth for successful independent living.
SOURCE MEDAVIE BLUE CROSS
For further information:
Director, Medavie Health Foundation
Director of Development