MONCTON, NB, Jan. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Medavie Health Foundation
announced today a $55,000 grant for Moncton Youth Residences Inc. (MYR)
to support the development of a Mental Health Support Network.
MYR provides services for at-risk youth and their families in the
Greater Moncton area and in several communities throughout New
Brunswick. The agency estimates that almost half of its clients are
either diagnosed with or exhibit signs of a mental health disorder.
The new program will be located at MYR's Youth QUEST Central facility
in Moncton and, once operational, will provide ongoing support and
professional guidance to at-risk youth.
"We are proud to fund the development of a mental health support program
that could transform the prospects for at-risk youth," said Ruth
Rappini, Vice President, Medavie Health Foundation. "Mental health is
the fastest growing category of disability costs, including the long
term economic costs of health care, disability claims and lost
productivity. This program will ensure youth impacted by mental health
concerns receive the support they need to live productive, fulfilling
Today's announcement is the second in a series of early grant
announcements that will pave the way for the launch of a formal grants
program later this month.
"Moncton Youth Residences is pleased and excited to partner with Medavie
Health Foundation to construct a new service to be offered at Youth
QUEST Central to assist young people who struggle with overcoming
barriers associated with mental health issues," said Mel Kennah,
Executive Director of Moncton Youth Residences Inc. "This enhanced
focus will add value to the array of services currently being offered
at this youth resource centre and it will help to push out the front
edges of both organizations' goal of helping young people succeed."
The Medavie Health Foundation is focused on developing partnerships and
supporting programs that promote long term lasting impacts to support
mental health in children and youth and the prevention and self
management of type 2 diabetes. These two areas are of particular
concern to Canadians and offer significant potential to affect change
for future generations.
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.
The Foundation is focused on two core causes that are of particular
concern to Canadians - Child and Youth Mental Health and Type 2
Diabetes. The Foundation will partner with community based
organizations and support programs in these two areas.
As a not-for profit organization, Medavie Blue Cross is proud to commit
an annual social dividend of 10% of our net income to the Medavie
About Moncton Youth Residences Inc.
Moncton Youth Residences (MYR) is a large charitable organization that been in operation since
1985 to help fulfil its mandate of helping youth succeed. It employs
more than 180 staff who intervenes to help stop the downward spiral of
more than 1000 at-risk youth each year.
MYR provides quality care and guidance through various residential and
outreach programs, including Youth QUEST Central. It assists youth
between 10 and 24 years of age who have social, emotional and
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For further information:
Director, Medavie Health Foundation
Moncton Youth Residences