We’ve chosen to focus on two areas where we believe our support can make the biggest difference in helping kids be healthy inside out. They are early intervention and education to reduce stigma.
Most mental disorders begin in childhood or adolescence. If the signs of mental illness are recognized early and proper steps taken, most kids can go on to lead normal and productive lives. That’s why we fund early intervention programs that:
Unfortunately, there is significant stigma attached to mental illness, which often discourages individuals and families from seeking help. When they do seek help, they can be overwhelmed with information from sources that may not be credible. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and professionals who work with children can all benefit from increased education, so they can recognize the early signs of mental illness, and help or encourage the family to seek treatment from a health professional.
The RBC Children’s Mental Health Project supports education programs that increase understanding, awareness and access to credible information in order to reduce social stigma about children’s mental health issues. We focus on programs that help: