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Medavie Teams up with Jack.org to Support Youth Mental Health

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COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on youth mental health, especially for those who are vulnerable, navigating unemployment or homeless. Recognizing the increased need for appropriate youth mental health education and resources during these trying times, Medavie, through our Foundation, is providing a $200K matched funding donation to Jack.org, the only Canadian charity training and empowering youth across our country to revolutionize mental health.

This funding will support Jack.org’s work in reaching more young people through digital education including resources like Be There, which recently won a Webby award for the top health website in the world. 

Join us if you can, in supporting an organization that is working around the clock to make sure our young people have the supports and community they need, now and going forward, in living their best lives.  And with Medavie matching all donations up to $200K, donate now and double your impact at www.jack.org/medavie.

Should you wish to find a Jack chapter in your area, click here.

Read the media release here.

Together with Jack.org, we are accelerating digital innovation and improving the wellbeing of Canadians.

#StrongerTogether

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In response to the recent tragedy in Nova Scotia, Medavie is contributing $100K to the Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund to support the immediate and long-term needs of the individuals, families and communities impacted by that province’s recent tragedy. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone touched by this tragedy, and a heartfelt thank you to our colleagues at Emergency Health Services and to all frontline personnel who dedicate their lives to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our communities.  

Caring for our Communities

Caring for our communities is at the heart of the Medavie Health Foundation.  Through our Foundation, Medavie is proud to support the Atlantic Compassion Fund (ACF) with a $750K contribution as part of our $5 million COVID-19 Response Fund focused on food insecurity and mental health supports. Managed by United Way Halifax in collaboration with the 10 United Ways across Atlantic Canada, ACF is helping meet the urgent and immediate needs of vulnerable people in communities throughout the region.

Free virtual mental health resource (BEACON) available to Medavie employees and their families (16+)

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Medavie’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of Canadians. This is especially true for our team members and front line healthcare workers as they continue to keep patients and communities safe throughout this pandemic. That is why we have invested in BEACON, a digital cognitive behavioural therapy resource to support mental health and assist in adapting to this ever-changing new normal.

“We know that you face challenging circumstances,” said Bernard Lord, CEO of Medavie. “And we also know that the current situation may be adding even more pressure to you and your immediate family. That’s why Medavie has provided access to BEACON – designed by top experts and it is clinically proven to help people who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. As we continue to care for patients, I encourage you to take advantage of this new service and to take care of yourself and each other.”

Through Medavie, all employees and their families (16+) have access to BEACON – including full-time, part-time, term, casual, union and non-union staff. Their team of psychologists will draw on their experience to provide confidential guidance and advice to help our employees protect their emotional health and wellbeing.

We encourage you to learn more by visiting the Medavie Health Services BEACON website: info.mindbeacon.com/bmh347 to learn more.

COVID-19 Funding Support – Caring for our communities

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Through the Medavie Health Foundation, we are committing $5 million to support our communities in responding to COVID-19. The funding will focus on initiatives addressing food insecurity and the mental health needs of adolescents and frontline responders coping with COVID-19-related anxiety and post-traumatic stress in areas where our employees live and work. In addition to addressing immediate needs, it will also support community organizations as they manage through – and beyond – this crisis.

As a not-for-profit health solutions partner, we are committed to our communities and to improving the wellbeing of Canadians.

Medavie Health Foundation Update on behalf of Bernard Lord

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As a not-for-profit organization, we are proud to commit an annual social dividend to the Medavie Health Foundation to support solutions in addressing some of our country’s most pressing physical and mental health care challenges. 

Over the past two years, we have made significant strides to better align the Foundation with Medavie and its operations in terms of strategy and branding.  For example, the Foundation’s stand-alone website was shuttered, with information now found at Medavie.ca, and Medavie branding is taking prominence in all funding announcements. 

Most recently, we have been working to evolve the Foundation’s funding model and streamline its focus to strengthen the Medavie narrative and allow for more targeted investments and alignment with the operating companies. Going forward, through the Foundation, we will fund initiatives in areas where we do business that are focused on:

  • adolescent mental health, with a focus on improving access to community-based and on-campus mental health supports;
  • post-traumatic stress, with a focus on the families of first responders and military/veterans living with PTS; and
  • healthy living, with a focus on healthy eating and active living.

Given the Foundation’s increasing disbursement capacity and strategic priorities, which include developing opportunities to support the new funding model, we are excited to announce we will begin recruitment immediately for a full-time executive director for the Foundation to execute on these priorities.

I look forward to providing further updates as things progress.

Bernard Lord Chief Executive Officer, Medavie

Medavie Health Foundation December update

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Through the Medavie Health Foundation, Medavie supports initiatives that promote healthy eating, active living and improved access to healthy food choices and physical literacy in improving health outcomes for those at-risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

As part of this commitment, Medavie is proud to support:

  • United Way Halifax and their Neighbourhood Kitchen Fund, which aims to use healthy food to bring people together in improving wellbeing.
  • Mount Saint Vincent University and their food and nutrition lab.  This state-of-the-art facility, to be named the Medavie Community Kitchen, will develop and reformulate healthy food products in-line with Canada’s Food Guide in improving health outcomes for families in Nova Scotia and beyond.
  • The Chaleur Regional Hospital and their Fitness Trail. This project is designed to help children and youth facing obesity and mental health challenges develop healthy behaviours through exercise and better food choices. 

Medavie supports mental health programming

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Through our Foundation, we support health-related outcomes in the communities where our employees and clients live and work.  It’s part of our commitment to improving the wellbeing of Canadians.

Recognizing that transportation is often a barrier to care, Laing House is using a $50,000 Medavie grant to support their Laing House Sackville program. Youth in Sackville and the neighbouring communities of Fall River and Bedford now have access to mental health support close to home.

With $300,000 funding support from Medavie, Strongest Families Institute (SFI) is bringing their mental health services to children, youth and their families in Chatham-Kent.  To be offered in partnership with Chatham-Kent Children’s Services, SFI’s skill-based programs and telephone coaching offer timely support and care to families in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. 

Medavie scholarship

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Our former CEO, Pierre-Yves Julien, recognized that as a not-for-profit organization, we don’t have an obligation to shareholders, but to the communities where we and our clients live and work. With a focus on mental health, the Medavie scholarship is open to youth pursuing a related health program. Applications accepted May 1 – June 30.

https://www.medavie.ca/en/community-impact/medavie-scholarship/

Kids Help Phone receives Medavie Grants Funding

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Mental health support is now just a text away for youth across Canada. As part of the Foundation’s 2018 Grants Program, Kids Help Phone is receiving a $50,000 grant to support the expansion of Crisis Text Line to Nova Scotia. The new, national 24/7 free texting service connects youth to crisis responders. Learn more.

Meet our 2018 Community Council

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Our Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services colleagues who make up our Community Council are active in their communities and understand the importance – and impact – of supporting community-based programs that make a difference in people’s lives. To us, not only are they reviewers of grants, they’re also Medavie ambassadors. Please meet the MHS members of our Community Council, including Michel Gravel and Pascal Rodier of MHS NB; Clark Maldaner, MHS West; Tara Vasil, Island EMS; and Stephanie Girard, Emergency Medical Care Inc.