Fondation Jeunes en Tête

  • The awareness program developed by the Fondation Jeunes en Tête aims to prevent psychological distress in teens.

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  • Mental Health Basics, one of the two free workshops geared to teens, promotes mental health among students.

    Photo: Fondation Jeunes en Tête

  • The second of the workshops offered, entitled Partners for Life, raises awareness of depression among teenagers over the age of 14.

    Photo: Fondation Jeunes en Tête

BY THE NUMBERS

The Fondation helps prevent psychological distress among youth aged 11 to 18

42,000 young people were reached in 2019-2020

30% of the adolescents experience high psychological distress

1+ million people have been helped by the Partners for Life program since 1998

Committed to Youths’ Mental Well-being

According to Health Canada, 70 per cent of mental health problems emerge before adulthood, and half of those before the age of 14. These alarming statistics underscore the importance of early intervention, preventing problems from carrying over into adulthood where they can become much harder to treat.

The Fondation Jeunes en Tête is the marriage of two mental health organizations – the Mental Illness Foundation and Fondation Québec Jeunes – both of which have been committed to improving the mental health and well-being of young people for more than 60 years. In this role, the Fondation Jeunes en Tête supports and collaborates with nearly 20 youth aid organizations throughout Québec.

The Foundation's mission is to address psychological distress among youth aged 11 to 18 on two fronts: by providing early support to teenagers in schools through the Partners for Life program, and by supporting recognized community organizations with expertise in supporting youth. Engaging with adolescents as soon as they enter high school can make an enormous difference in their long-term mental health. Building synergies with youth advocates also helps maximize the impact of these early interventions for young people.

Parents, teachers and education professionals are on the frontlines of detecting mental health problems. The Fondation Jeunes en Tête makes a difference by working hand-in-hand with education professionals to provide them with high quality, insightful materials that can be distributed to young adolescents following school visits.

Partners for Life

Created in 1998, the Partners for Life program is comprised of two free workshops offered in schools, reaching over 50,000 people every year, including students, parents, educators and social workers. The program has enjoyed extensive reach and success throughout Québec, and has been widely praised by the scientific community for its impact and for helping demonstrate that depression is reversible.

“When you consider that 90% of the young people who killed themselves suffered from mental illness, with half of them experiencing severe depression, it is easy to understand the importance of the Partners for Life program and its upstream awareness work,” mentions Dr. Patricia Garel, a psychiatrist at the CHU Saint-Justine. “This program helps prevent suicide among young people.”

During the COVID pandemic, the Foundation adapted to provide a unique online interactive workshop Mental Health Basics for students in grades 7 through 11, to help them get through these difficult times.

In an effort to ensure the continuity of its youth-geared programs, the Fondation Jeunes en Tête also organizes several annual fundraising events, including the Mayor’s Ball in Québec City, the Valentine’s Day Ball in Montréal and its Annual golf tournament.

“We are inspired by Fondation Jeunes en Tête’s results-based approach,” says Paul C. Genest, Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation. “There is clinical proof that their work actually saves lives every year. They are helping young people recognize the signs of depression, supporting them with compassion, advice and the resources they need to take care of their mental health. It’s really a remarkable story. We are delighted to help fund such life-changing work.”

“We are proud to count amongst the many causes supported by Power Corporation, a company deeply involved in a variety of community sectors,” says Mélanie Boucher, General Manager of the Fondation Jeunes en Tête. “Its contribution allows us to continue our efforts in raising the public’s awareness of adolescent mental health, and we are truly grateful for their commitment to promoting our mission.”

We are inspired by Fondation Jeunes en Tête’s results-based approach.
Paul C. Genest
Senior Vice-President
Power Corporation

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