Youth Mental Health program at KHSC receives $20K grant

From Left to Right: Melanie Darling, Program Manager, Child/Youth Mental Health – Mental Health & Addictions (KHSC); Dr. Johanne Roberge, Attending Physican, Psychiatry (KHSC); Sandy McDonald, Regional Director – Community Affairs, Bell; Nicholas Axas, Program Operations Director, Mental Health – Mental Health & Addictions (KHSC); Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec, Member, UHKF Board of Directors. Photo via UHKF.

The University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) has received a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) Youth Mental Health Intensive Day Program.

According to a media release, this innovative program, facilitated by KHSC, supports youth over the age of 16 who are struggling with significant mental health problems. The program will help those who require highly intensive services offered by specialized staff.

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to provide a $20,000 Community Fund grant to KHSC to support young people in Kingston suffering from mental health disorders. The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports organizations that are working to create positive change to improve access to mental health care, supports, and services for more Canadians in communities around the country,” Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk, said in a statement.

“None of this would be possible without support from Bell Let’s Talk. The Community Fund grant allows KHSC to run the Youth Mental Health Intensive Day Program that supports families and kids with mental health issues,” added Nicholas Axas, Program Operational Director of Mental Health and Addiction Care at KHSC.

This year’s grant builds on previous support for UHKF’s first Community Connection Recovery Program Art Project at Providence Care, the fundraising organization said.

According to the release, Bell Let’s Talk promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding. To learn more, visit

University Hospitals Kingston Foundation is the charitable foundation supporting Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care. UHKF raises funds for healthcare facilities, programs, equipment, education and research that benefit the 500,000 people living in Kingston, southeastern Ontario, and beyond. To find out more about giving opportunities or to make a donation, call 613-549-5452 or visit

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