CMA Foundation contributes $250,000 to youth mental-health charity Jack.org
Jack.org is a Canadian charity that helps train and empower youth to advocate for mental health and learn how to take care of themselves and one another. Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the organization has moved all of its programming online. The Canadian Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) recently announced a $250,000 contribution to Jack.org that will support mental health education for young Canadians, many of whom are struggling with isolation and anxiety made worse by the pandemic.
The organization's programming includes Be There, a simple set of five “golden rules” to teach young people how they can support someone who may be struggling with their mental health; Do Something, a mental health advocacy how-to guide; and virtual versions of Jack Talks, personal mental-health presentations delivered by youth, to youth. The funds provided by the CMAF will allow these programs to not only continue, but grow to meet the increased need for resources being seen across Canada.