MONTREAL, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Invest in Healthy Minds Capital Campaign for the Douglas Mental Health University Institute -
the largest capital campaign for mental health ever deployed in Quebec
- officially entered its public phase on Wednesday, October 9th during a special lunch ceremony. The campaign has to-date raised $ 13
million of its target $ 20 million.
The Douglas Institute - a world-class mental health and neuroscience
research centre, as well as a leader in compassionate care for people
living with mental illness - has embarked on this campaign "to help
speed up discoveries in mental health, thereby improving treatments and
making prevention of certain illnesses more feasible," said Marie
Giguère, Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs & Secretariat at
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and President of the Douglas
Institute Foundation's Board of Directors.
"Particularly, the campaign focuses on the Douglas' clinical and
research excellence in 5 key areas: Alzheimer's Disease, youth, mood
disorders, eating disorders, and improving access to care. Wherever
possible, we want to support research and programs that encourage early
intervention, prevention, personalized treatment, and speedier
recovery," added Joseph Iannicelli, Chief Executive Officer of Banyan
Work Health Solutions Inc., and Campaign Co-Chair.
"Bell is very proud to support the Douglas Mental Health University
Institute and the work of its world-renowned team through our $2
million Bell Let's Talk gift to the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank,"
said Martine Turcotte, Bell's Vice Chair, Québec. "By supporting the
Institute's Invest in Healthy Minds Capital Campaign, we can all help accelerate research that will lead to
improved understanding and treatment of mental illness."
Also, the Douglas Institute and the Jewish General Hospital have had the
honor to accept a major donation of $4.5 million from the Irving Ludmer
Family Foundation. This donation, one of the largest ever in mental
health, will go towards creating a centre for neuroinformatics and
mental health. Its ultimate goal will be to significantly reduce the
rates of mental illness by finding scientific methods to establish
early childhood risk factors.
Lynne McVey, RN, M.Sc., CEO and Executive Director of the Douglas
Institute, expressed that "donations to the campaign are essential. For
a long time, the Douglas has participated in significant advances in
the understanding of mental illness, and these donations allow us to
continue making further advances that will lead to new discoveries."
But, guests did not leave until they got to take part in a piece of
Douglas history - leaving their mark on two large 12ft X 12ft canvases under the guidance of renowned
artist-sculptor Mr. Armand Vaillancourt.
Mr. Vaillancourt, who had originally started these canvases with
children and adolescents of the Douglas' day hospital, animated
Wednesday's event as guests completed them. The two paintings will be
hung up in very prominent places on campus as a testament to the
generosity and dedication of donors and volunteers who have made this
Image with caption: "François L. Morin, Marie Giguère, Suzanne Fortin, Armand Vaillancourt, Caroline Iannicelli, Joseph Iannicelli, Martine Turcotte, Ashley Tritt, and Lynne McVey (CNW Group/Douglas Mental Health University Institute)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8767_PHOTO_EN_31908.jpg
SOURCE: Douglas Mental Health University Institute
For further information:
Communications and public affairs directorate
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Tel. : 514 761-6131, poste 2616
Cell. : 514 409-8558
About the Douglas Institute - www.douglas.qc.ca