The Douglas Research Centre is thrilled to announce a significant investment from The Molson Foundation, marking a milestone in our longstanding partnership. This transformative gift of $3M from The Molson Foundation is the largest gift in the history of the Douglas Foundation.
This generous contribution will enable Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Inaugural Director of the Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (CEYMH), and his team to evaluate and measure an integrated model of care for youth aged under 25, leading to impactful changes within the healthcare system.
One of the biggest challenges for youth with serious problems is getting timely and appropriate help.
“Prevention starts with early identification of these issues in both help-seeking youth and in families who are not actively seeking healthcare but face the same challenges. By enhancing and streamlining pathways to care from primary to tertiary level, we can maximize the effectiveness of available interventions and improve long-term outcomes.”– Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Inaugural Director of the Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Dr. Gustavo Turecki, Scientific Director of the Douglas Research Centre and Chief of Psychiatry, CIUSSS Montreal West Island, agrees with Dr. Palaniyappan, expressing his appreciation for The Molson Foundation’s support.
“The Molson Foundation’s major contribution is accelerating the paradigm shift initiated by our specialists in recent years. Testing this new model of care will make it possible to intervene earlier with youth in order to lead them on the path to long-term recovery.”– Dr. Gustavo Turecki, Scientific Director of the Douglas Research Centre
The first phase of this important project made possible by The Molson Foundation’s generosity is to develop a research-informed pathway between primary care providers (CLSC and Aire Ouverte) and secondary care providers. This will generate the insight required to identify early on those youth with emerging social and educational needs and match mental health resources to meet their current situation.