Sign up for RBC Race for the Kids and help kids in crisis. Funds raised will support youth mental health emergency services through specialized mental healthcare, designed for the unique needs of young people. Youth will be cared for in a customized space that is private and calming with direct and immediate access to staff who specialize in managing their care. Your support will ensure patients have the right care when and where they need it, easing stress for patients and their families, along with taking away the sense of stigma often felt with emergency visits.
RVH's Emergency Department cares for three children in mental health crisis on any given day. The isolation and disruption of COVID has caused the number of youth in crisis to climb, at times, up to four times higher than usual. Your support has a direct impact on the quality of care for young people suffering through a mental health crisis, and the concerned families who love them.
OUR COLLECTIVE IMPACT
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Together, we can have a direct impact on the mental health care of thousands of young people in crisis every year. We invite you to join us as we raise funds to ensure patients have the right care when and where they need it - helping young people as well as their families in the moments that matter most.
A Global, Virtual, Family Fun Run Supporting Youth Charities Around the World
Since 2009, RBC Race for the Kids has grown to an exciting series of 17 charitable Races taking around the world, supporting kids and youth-focused causes. In total, 290,000+ participants have raised more than C$65 million.
In 2020, the series of in-person Races couldn’t happen so we pivoted to a global, virtual RBC Race for the Kids to continue raising much-needed funds for our charity partners. Last year, over 33,000 participants from 120+ countries raised more than C$8.8 million!
Join us and participants from all around the globe to raise awareness and support for our 35 charity partners in 19 countries – and the young people they help during this challenging time.
YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR REGION ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH CARE AT RVH ANNUALLY
OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES BEGIN IN CHILDHOOD
1 IN 5
CANADIANS EXPERIENCE MENTAL ILLNESS
Why Your Support Matters
Your support will directly impact the lives of young people in a mental health crisis, and the families who love them.
"Watching my brother struggle while waiting for care in the Emergency Department was the most helpless I've ever felt. In his worst moment, experiencing a mental health crisis, he was surrounded by strangers, and felt stigmatized. This escalated an already terrible situation. Having a private and quiet space would have provided comfort and the kind of specialized care that would have improved not only his experience, but that of our entire family."
- Joyce, sister of past RVH patient
"When your child is experiencing a mental health crisis, their care becomes your sole priority. Waiting in the Emergency Department while he painstakingly struggled to maintain a level of composure that felt impossible to him at the time - while assuming others were acutely aware of the reason for his visit - is something he often recalls as mortifying. A private and calming space to wait, while receiving timely specialized care, would have improved such a traumatic experience for him. As a parent it would have given me a sense of calm - something I often struggled to find at the time."
- Don, mother of past RVH patient
"If you've ever experienced a mental health crisis you know first
the hand that a trip to E.R. can be stressful. You don't know how many patients will be around you, or how long it's going to take, or what the experience will feel like. Providing a calming and private environment, with quick access to specialized care, that people can expect would change the entire experience, and make it more accessible. It could truly be life saving."
- Jeff, father of past RVH patient