Medavie Health Foundation Partners with Dans la rue to Improve Services for Homeless and At-risk Youth Struggling with Mental Health Conditions

MONTREAL, May 16, 2017 /CNW/ - At-risk youth in Montreal will have access to improved mental health supports that aim to more rapidly treat psychological distress while helping them transition away from homelessness. Dans la rue, a community-based organization serving homeless youth, is receiving $780,000 from the Medavie Health Foundation to help transform and improve its programming and supports for youth.

The four-year initiative will focus on prevention, early detection, rapid intervention and social integration in providing wrap-around mental health supports for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12 to 25. Dans la rue, which also provides programs and services that address housing, education and employment, serves as a research site for ACCESS Open Minds, a national research project aimed at improving youth mental health care in Canada.

About Medavie Health Foundation
Medavie Health Foundation is funded by Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services 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 supports and promotes innovative and evidence-based solutions to address some of our country's most pressing physical and mental health care challenges, with a focus on child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, 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 program. For more information and to sign up for our e-newsletter, visit us at

As a not-for-profit company, Medavie is proud to commit an annual social dividend to the Medavie Health Foundation.


SOURCE Medavie Health Foundation

For further information: Joanne Elliott, Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Relations, Medavie Health Foundation, Tel: 902-496-7189; Mobile: 902-266-9287,

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