SAINT JOHN, NB, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Medavie Health Foundation
announced today it will provide $585,000 to the Horizon Health Network
as part of a five-year partnership to support the development of a
youth mental health program in Saint John.
It is widely recognized that the onset of most mental health issues
occurs in young childhood and adolescence. Studies also show the
number of youth affected by mental illness is growing. The Young Adult
Program is a newly developed community-based mental health and
addictions service within the Horizon Health Network. This program is
designed to address a growing need to ensure youth with mental health
issues have support during this pivotal time so they can go on to live
productive and fulfilling lives.
"We believe this program will enhance the quality of life for youth in
the Greater Saint John area living with mental health issues," said
Ruth Rappini, Vice President, Organization Development, Medavie Blue
Cross and Medavie Health Foundation. "We applaud the Horizon Health
Network for taking the initiative to develop this critical program and
for recognizing the importance of securing a separate facility to
address the unique needs of local area youth."
Rappini added, "This initiative aligns well with our vision to bring
organizations and communities together through collaborative multi-year
partnerships that promote long term lasting impacts."
"Horizon Health Network is extremely grateful for the support received
from the Medavie Health Foundation to enhance youth mental health
services in the Saint John area," said Donald J. Peters, President and
CEO for Horizon Health Network. "Horizon values this important
community partnership, which will assist in laying a strong foundation
of essential youth mental health services."
Mental Health and Recovery Services recognized the importance of
securing a separate facility for youth. Through support from the
Department of Health and Horizon Health Network, the comprehensive
development of this program will take place in a bright, welcoming,
non-residential building located in uptown Saint John.
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.
Today's partnership announcement, combined with a series of early grant announcements, paves the way for the launch of a formal grants program later this
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 per cent of our net income to the
Medavie Health Foundation.
Horizon Health Network
Horizon Health Network is the largest health-care organization in Atlantic Canada, operating
12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices
providing medical services ranging from acute care to community-based
health services to New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince
Edward Island. With 1,000 physicians, an annual budget exceeding $1
billion and approximately 13,000 employees, Horizon Health Network's
strategic vision focuses on research, innovation and education.
SOURCE MEDAVIE BLUE CROSS
For further information:
Director, Medavie Health Foundation
Vice-President, Communications and Community Relations
Horizon Health Network