Please join us on Saturday, October 29, for the sixth annual Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala, one of Ottawa's premier events. It will be held at the Centurion Conference & Event Center. The event raises funds for youth mental health and suicide prevention.
Many of our youth suffer from anxiety, depression, and eating disorders; many are bullied. Tragically, the result is often suicide ideation, suicide attempts, or suicide.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in Ottawa. Canada's youth suicide rate is the fourth highest among OECD countries. One in five youth suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder, yet only one in three youth are able to access services.
The evening imparts and reinforces an important message to our youth - you are not alone; there is help and treatment. The Kaleidoscope of Hope is committed to making a difference. We have created a special brand in support of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Do It For Daron (DIFD), and the Youth Services Bureau (YSB). We all are working diligently to deliver the messages - Life is worth living. Life can get better.
There is help.
We have raised over $355,000 since the inaugural gala in 2011. We know we're saving lives. The 2016 KOH Gala will continue to support CHEO, DIFD, and YSB by funding three specific programs: the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program; the Bridges Program; and the Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic.
Help us make a difference in the futures of our youth.
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The Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala is a focused initiative to raise money in support of youth mental health. The 2011 inaugural KOH Gala was founded in direct response to the alarming increase in youth depression, anxiety, and suicide.
In a concerted effort to reach more troubled youth in their time of need, the Youth Services Bureau, DIFD with the Ottawa Senators Foundation, and CHEO will come together at the 2016 KOH Gala to raise funds for their respective foundations. No youth should have to languish on a long waiting list - the difference of a day can mean the difference between life and death.
We must teach our children that life is worth living - that life can get better.