One million to Kids Help Phone to support youth mental health

Mental health is an issue of growing concern. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a majority of teenagers affirm they have experienced anxiety or depressive symptoms. To help with this situation and ensure that all kids can talk to a caring and attentive adult when they need it, the Desjardins Foundation is announcing a $1 million contribution to Kids Help Phone - External link. This link opens in a new window., its largest donation to date.

"Right now, our youth are paying a high price in society. Not only throughout the pandemic but their inheritance of the challenges we face today. That's why Desjardins must invest in our youth, we must support young people. To help them dream, to encourage them, to be there when they need us and to act," said Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins. "We're proud to be partnering with Kids Help Phone, who shares our vision of helping youth reach their full potential."

Whatever the need, Kids Help Phone is always there to help young people in psychological distress, whether by phone, text or chat. The Kids Help Phone organization also offers awareness, education and prevention resources.

75% of kids who spoke with Kids Help Phone workers said they had confided in them about something that they had never told anyone before.

In addition to this historic contribution, Desjardins remains involved as the official sponsor of the organization's Back to School - External link. This link opens in a new window. campaign. This campaign aims to provide kids, parents and educators with valuable resources to manage the stress and anxiety often brought on by the return to school.

The pandemic has had serious effects on the mental health of youth, and these issues persist. Fortunately, there's help. We can all make a difference, helping them find hope in the future and believe in their dreams.