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Mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and addiction will be experienced by as many as one in five children and youth in Ontario, yet less than 17 per cent will receive the medical care they need.
Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project (FNP) helps bridge this gap by providing critical guidance and support to youth and their families. FNP’s trained navigators connect young people, 13 to 26 years old, and their families with specialized treatment services.
RBC has been a long-time supporter of this vital project. Over the past ten years, RBC Race for the Kids has raised over $18 million in support of FNP. With this support, thousands of young people in the Greater Toronto Area, from Halton to Durham, have been connected to the mental health and addictions services they need to get back on track to a brighter future.
Since the pandemic, the number of youth reaching out to FNP has doubled. Throughout the difficulties of the past two years, FNP has continued to assist youth and families. This would not have been possible without the funds raised through RBC Race for the Kids and the generosity of other donors.
This year, RBC Race for the Kids in Toronto celebrates its 10th anniversary. The event takes place on Saturday, September 17, with two options for participation: in person* for a 5 KM walk or run at Mel Lastman Square or virtually, wherever you are. This year the community will rally once again to raise funds so that more families will have the support they need when faced with mental health and addiction challenges.
Help young people get the mental health care they need. Register today at rbcraceforthekids.ca.
*Space is limited for the in-person race. Visit RBCRacefortheKids.ca for details.