Tour de Bleu, a private cycling fundraiser hosted by the Peter Gilgan Foundation and Mattamy Homes, has raised $4.4 million to support youth mental health initiatives at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Now in its 15th year, 2019 Tour de Bleu raised a record amount thanks to the generous riders and sponsors.
“We are grateful that this one-of-a-kind event will once again be supporting Canada’s leading mental health hospital and research centre,” said Deborah Gillis, President and CEO of the CAMH Foundation. “This year, funds raised by Tour de Bleu will support life-saving youth mental health care and research at CAMH.”
Half of all cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Early intervention is key to preventing mental illness or lessening its impacts over a person’s lifetime.
CAMH researchers are engaging young people and their families to develop effective mental health services; using innovative approaches, such as mobile and wearable technology, to identify and treat illnesses earlier; and creating biologically informed prevention and treatment strategies. Tour de Bleu riders and sponsors will enable CAMH to build on this innovative work and support young people in their recovery from mental illness.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with CAMH. Young people today face unique challenges that can adversely affect their mental health,” said Peter Gilgan, Chairman and CEO, Mattamy Asset Management. “CAMH has long been at the forefront of transforming youth mental health. We’re proud to support research and care initiatives that improve outcomes for young people during this critical time in their development.”
Over the last 15 years Tour de Bleu has raised approximately $25 million for notable charities such as SickKids Hospital, Trillium Health Centre, William Osler Health Centre, Markham/Stouffville Hospital, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Last year, Tour de Bleu raised $3.75 million to support the development of the new Tour de Bleu Therapeutic Neighbourhood at CAMH.