As we turn the calendar to the last quarter of the year, we are delighted to say that despite a rocky road getting here, we have been able to produce a very successful nine months. Now that Ontario appears to have hit a manageable plateau of COVID cases, we are in a great position to deliver our modified in-person 8th Annual Investors Conference on October 20-21, 2021.
Considering the overwhelming support and interest in the conference, we introduced a hybrid model by adding a fully immersive virtual platform. This will allow us to meet the strong demand for access to this best-in-industry event.
This event raises about $1.4 million each year and enables us to deliver unparalleled value and leadership to the kids’ mental health sector by bringing together the capital markets community across North America.
Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality
Mental Illness Awareness Week is an annual public education campaign designed to help open people’s eyes to the reality of mental illness. As this week wraps up, October 10th marks World Mental Health Day.
DID YOU KNOW?
A recent SickKids survey found that approximately 70 per cent of children and youth reported a worsening of their mental health since the start of the pandemic.
It has been more than 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a major impact on kids’ mental health and service providers are struggling to keep up with the increased demand. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels and endorsed WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030, including the Plan’s updated implementation options and indicators for measuring progress.
At Capitalize for Kids, we also focus on key indicators for success when building capacity with community mental health service providers. Some of our success metrics focus on increasing the number of kids accessing services without reducing service quality and reducing the cost to help the same number of kids by improving operational effectiveness.
Interested in what we’re working on? Check out our quarterly project update summaries. At the completion of a project, we create knowledge translation documents so that other organizations can learn from our work and implement the solutions for themselves. You can view and download them from our website: capitalizeforkids.org/knowledge-hub/.
As always, we greatly appreciate your ongoing support! If you are considering donating, please visit our donation webpage to learn of the many ways you can contribute.
Despite the challenges created by COVID, we have maintained our focus on delivering the best conference in Canada with high value speakers and diversity at the forefront of our planning. Given the current environment, we have also ensured that we can run our conference safely, requiring all attendees be fully vaccinated and working closely with the venue to ensure that safety protocols are in place to give us the best chance of a successful delivery.
Virtual tickets for the 2021 Capitalize for Kids Investors Conference are now on sale! We hope you will join us on October 20-21, from the comfort of your own home or office to enjoy two days of high quality and engaging content in an interactive virtual space.
We have another amazing lineup planned this year, with 25+ speakers confirmed, including our highly anticipated keynotes delivered by:
Brookfield Asset Management
Robert F. Smith
Vista Equity Partners
2021 has been an unprecedented year for Capitalize for Kids. Despite the challenges faced as we continue to navigate through COVID-19 and the virtual world, we have experienced significant growth in all areas of our operations. Our donors, supporters, Bay Street Games participants, pro-bono partners and conference attendees have remained loyal to our cause throughout the pandemic by empowering us to build capacity among more children’s mental health service providers.
Join us on November 4th as we share some of our successes during the year and speak with three of our current beneficiaries about their experiences working with Capitalize for Kids and highlight how your support has built capacity in their organizations.
Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Executive Director, Rebound Child & Youth Services (RCYS)
Susanne Clements, M.Sc., RP, RMFT-S
Director, Clinical Services, YouthLink
Director of Service Excellence & Partnerships, FIREFLY