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.
Help CELEBRATE YOUTH MILESTONES
We invite you to join us in celebrating youth milestones. Because when youth can access the mental health support that they need and deserve, it can change the course of their lives.
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 Campaign
Make a long-term commitment to helping youth and families living with complex mental health and behavioural issues get the help that they need. Direct your Charitable Workplace 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.
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