OPG extends partnership with Jack.org to support youth mental health
The partnership is OPG’s latest initiative to help fellow Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic. OPG has donated more than one million items of personal protective equipment to help frontline healthcare workers and more than $1 million to communities and groups that support food-vulnerable residents across the province.
- Peer-to-peer program models like be there have been shown to be more effective than adult-led programs in changing health behaviors and attitudes. They also reduce the burden on service providers by promoting resilience and coping skills that can prevent acute crises.
- The need for youth mental health programs and resources continues to grow. from Toronto The Hospital for Sick Children says there have been increased levels of depression and anxiety among young people throughout the pandemic, which has had a serious and lasting negative impact.
- Since its launch in May 2019, be there was visited by more than 850,000 people across Canadaand received two Webby Awards, including Best Health Website in the World.
“Jack.org’s ongoing work to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness with compassion and care, and to provide accessible and practical resources is especially important as we pass the two-year mark of a global crisis that has had a significant impact on our youth,” said Ken HartwickPresident and CEO of OPG.
“OPG’s continued generous support of Jack.org’s Be There resource is absolutely invaluable at this critical time,” said Eric Windeler, Founder and Executive Director, Jack.org. “The funding will expand the reach of Be There so that more young people, and those who support them, have the knowledge and confidence they need to help someone in difficulty. We are ambitiously targeting 150,000 people, including Indigenous communities, to visit BeThere.org in Ontario This year.”
“I’m proud that from Ontario energy sector continues to support community initiatives like this,” said Todd Smithenergy minister. “Our government is making the biggest investment in mental health in the history of our province, with a $3.8 billion invested over ten years as part of the Roadmap to Wellness. Youth mental health remains a shared priority. »
Jack.org is the only Canadian charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Through Jack Talks, Jack Chapters, Jack Summits and Be There, young leaders identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack.org is working on a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and take care of each other. A Canada without shame, where everyone who needs support has access to the help they deserve. For more information, visit www.jack.org and BeThere.org Follow our work on social networks: IG, TW and TikTok @jackdotorg and on FB and Linkedin @Jack.org
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