Family, friends give over $20k to Maltby Centre in memory of Tyler Lambert

Yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, over $20,000 was gifted to Kingston’s Maltby Centre for male youth mental health services by the family and friends of Tyler Lambert, a young Kingston man who passed away due to suicide in 2019. Present for the cheque presentation were (L to R): Derek Evans, Kaitlyn Lambert, Roger Davidson, Heather Lambert, and Maltby Centre Executive Director Karen Fleming. Submitted photo.

In an effort to increase access to mental health services for young people – particularly young males – the family and friends of one local man who was lost too young are creating a memorial fund in his memory.

Tyler Lambert was just 18 years old when he passed away due to suicide in September of 2019. Since then, Lambert’s family and friends have coordinated a variety of events and activities to raise funds through an online private Facebook group called ‘We Play For Tyler,’ with the goal of creating a memorial fund in his name to benefit male mental health services through Kingston’s Maltby Centre.

Today, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, just over two years since Lambert’s passing, the Maltby Centre has announced a sizable donation made towards those services in his honour. The family and friends of Lambert have donated $20,585 to the Maltby Centre, as part of the Tyler Lambert Memorial fundraising event.

“We’re so pleased and honoured to have this incredible donation from the family of Tyler Lambert, who passed away from suicide at such a young age. The Lambert family leadership on youth mental health, and particularly male youth mental health, is very welcome,” said Karen Fleming, Executive Director of the Maltby Centre.

Through working closely with the Lambert family, the Maltby Centre is creating a youth mental health memorial fund in Lambert’s honour. The memorial fund aims to fill the gaps in current government-funded mental health programs, the Maltby Centre said.

“The Pandemic has created challenges and difficulties for young people in our community. Now, perhaps more than ever before, we need to support our youth with mental health services,” Fleming said, “This gift from the Lambert family is a great first step.”

For more information on the Maltby Centre’s mental health services, where “children and youth experiencing mental health concerns have quick access to services, free of charge,” click here.

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