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Mental health and behavioural issues do not discriminate. youth from all walks of life are impacted.

Consequences can be quite serious, often leading to poor academic achievement, self-harm and substance abuse, conflict with the law, health problems, and sometimes, suicidality. These can continue into adulthood, affecting the individual, their families and friends, communities, and the healthy development of the next generation.

Access to the mental health support they need and deserve can change the course of their life. Help vulnerable youth feel safe, pursue their education, get and stay healthy.

Create a Fundraiser

Thinking about hosting a fundraising event in support of the Roberts/Smart Centre? We rely on the public’s ongoing commitment and generosity in helping to raise much-needed funds to support recreational programs like therapeutic camping for youth at-risk.

Golf fore RSC

Whether participating as an individual golfer or foursome, registration includes dinner and is followed by a silent auction. All funds raised through the tournament will help youth access the mental health supports they need and deserve. And make programs like Therapeutic Camping possible. 

This year’s tournament is on Monday, September 26! Sponsor this event or register to play.

Get your Gift matched

Many Canadian companies offer a matching gift program to their employees by matching donations to charitable organizations at 1, 2 or 3 times the gift made by the employee.  Help multiply your donation by contacting your Human Resources Department to see if your company has a matching gift program.

Charitable Workplace Campaigns

Please consider making a year-long commitment to help youth and families living with complex mental health and behavioural issues. Direct your Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) or United Way Campaign contribution to the Roberts/Smart Centre (Charitable Registration 107805723 RR 0001).

Your Donations in Action

An Education and Helping Others

“I had parents that struggled with mental health issues and addiction. Growing up in this environment impacted my mental health, and I learned unhealthy coping skills. I struggled to trust adults in my life.

I was 14 years old when I was placed at the Roberts/Smart Centre. I felt like my life had hit a low. I felt hopeless. With the help of the staff, I was able to find better coping strategies, something that I struggled with. I found that the staff was always kind and patient with me, even when I tested their limits.

I began to see value in myself again and gained hope.

I have since gone to college and became a Registered Practical Nurse, having decided that I wanted to devote my career to mental health to help others the way I have been helped. I am married to an amazing husband, and we have two sons who are the light of our life”. – C.

The power of a bag

Many youth who come to the Roberts/Smart Centre have no home and have had up to 40 placements before finding their way to us. They arrive with all their things in garbage bags. These bags contain torn or dirty clothes, often that don't fit, and sometimes miscellaneous papers - items with little meaning to the youth.

During their time with us, the youth start to use their allowance to purchase things they value - clothes that fit them, hygiene products, and personal items. All these new possessions go into  a new duffle bag. Following their treatment with us, the kids discard the original garbage bag and most of its contents.

No youth leaves Roberts/Smart with a garbage bag.

 

Learning to be Healthy

“I wasn’t your typical 12-year-old girl. I didn’t feel like I belonged. I just didn’t feel like I was a good person. I started self-harming and spent five months in the hospital. It was one of the most frightening experiences I’ve ever had.

Roberts/Smart was quite different. At first, I didn’t like it and was really focused on getting out. I had to play sports. I was overweight and asthmatic, and that sucked. Eventually, I was able to acknowledge my issues by starting to socialize more and getting back that power that the hospital took from me. Things improved. I wasn’t perfect, but I was far better and I felt like a person again.

It takes a lot of work but you can pull yourself back up. Roberts/Smart taught me that I am the person who writes my own story”. – K.

 

Need More Information?

For more information about how to support our work, please contact:

Manager of Development and Community Engagement

104-1737 Woodward Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0C9

613-728-1946 ext. 616