Montreal, Quebec - May 15, 2018 – The Jewish General Hospital Foundation officials today announced the launch of two new programs made possible thanks to a generous $2 million dollar gift from RBC Royal Bank. Their contribution has allowed the Hospital to innovate in their departments of Psychiatry and Nephrology.
The majority of RBC's gift will be invested in a new initiative called RBC Transitional Care Program for youths from the ages of 12 to 25. The transition from childhood to adolescence to then adulthood represents a major developmental challenge for every-one; while it often succeeds, it sometimes fails or threatens to fail. This is especially true for youths suffering from mental illness. As adolescence and young adulthood represent a particularly vulnerable period for the development and chronicity of mental disorders, the best possible care needs to be ensured for these age groups. Mental illnesses typically manifest in young adulthood.
"For many years, RBC has been dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential, by supporting projects that develop resilient and healthy minds. We are very proud that our gift will enable the Jewish General to bring much needed support to youth during the more difficult times in their lives. We are excited that, together, we will help the younger generation become better prepared for their future," mentioned Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC.
"The RBC Transitional Care Program will allow us to go the extra mile to reach out to youth who are stuck-not attending school, not working, sequestered in their bedrooms and avoiding face to face social contact. Although the health care system has many useful resources, often these youth do not (cannot) avail themselves of these resources. Immobilized by depression and anxiety, confused by psychosis, isolated in their families, they may be involved with self-medication with a range of drugs. They and sometimes their families need a trained mental health professional to reach out with persistence and determination to connect them to the appropriate help. We have carefully selected staff who can do this," stated Dr. Michael Bond, Chief of the JGH Youth Service.
Most youths will be brought to the attention of the outpatient youth service by schools, social workers, parents, emergency rooms and other groups in contact with youths. Since few programs are designed to meet emerging adults' and youth in transitions' unique needs, this program fills an important gap in our mental health care system. The program aims to help youth who would otherwise fall through the cracks of our system as they turn 18 and "age out" of traditional services designed for children and teens giving them a pathway to a meaningful life.
75 per cent of mental health problems and addiction have an onset in childhood and adolescence. A lot of times, symptoms and signs may not be detected or identified and may cause more distress or interfere with functioning in early adulthood. This new RBC Transitional Care Program has been designed to specifically address this need.
The RBC Royal Bank has also enabled the Hospital to provide additional services in their Nephrology Department. Part of the $2M gift will be used to launch a program allowing nephrology patients to have greater control of their care.
(From left) Dr. Mark Lipman, Chief of the Division of Nephrology, Dr. Karl Looper, Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC, Eddy Wiltzer, Chairman of the JGH Foundation, Dr. Michael Bond, Chief of the JGH Youth Service, and Larry Sidel, Senior Vice-President and Chief Development Officer, JGH Foundation.