Physical & Mental Wellness
Did you know that more than 3.2 million 12-19 year olds in Canada are at risk for developing depression. Since 2009, the Ottawa Senators Foundation has pledged more than $1.5 million of support with charitable organizations focused on meeting the needs of families with children and youth suffering from various forms of mental health illnesses.
Programs we support include:
Hockey Talks Youth mental Health Awareness
The Ottawa Senators and Ottawa Senators Foundation host an annual Youth Mental Health Awareness night titled - Hockey Talks. Senators Sports & Entertainment has partnered with Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.) in an effort to inspire conversations and educate fans on the topic of youth mental health while raising funds for the one in five Ontarians under the age of 17 who suffer from a mental health disorder.
The goal of Hockey Talks is to bring mental health issues to the forefront of the public realm and alleviate misconceptions and the stigma often associated with mental illness. In collaboration with each Canadian NHL club, the Hockey Talks message has an extensive reach and connects with citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
Do it for Daron (D.I.F.D.)
In November 2010, Daron Richardson, a very talented and bright young lady tragically took her own life. Daron was the daughter of Binghamton Senators coach Luke Richardson. Rather than keeping this tragedy to themselves, the Richardson family decided to raise awareness of teen suicide and depression in hopes of preventing further tragedies like Daron’s occurring. As a result, young people and communities within North America have responded and there are a number of Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.) activities taking place in an effort to encourage people to speak up, stand up, and make a difference.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation is committed to help. We made a five-year commitment of $100,000 in support of the D.I.F.D. Fund at ROFFMH in 2011. Due to the overwhelming support from our community we fulfilled this commitment in three short years.
Ottawa's response to addressing the need for support, treatment, education and prevention of drug and substance abuse among youth. Youth have access to counselling through an education and prevention program provided at all of Ottawa’s high schools and by several community agencies.
Since project s.t.e.p. began more than 20,000 students have had substance abuse education sessions. As a result 3 out of every 4 students who participated reduced or stopped using one or more drugs in less than one school year