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An estimated 1.2million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment. With more than two-thirds of adults living with a mental health problem reporting that symptoms first appeared during their youth, establishing the foundation for healthy emotional and social development is vital early on.

Internationally-renowned expert in adolescent mental health, Dr. Stanley Kutcher, MD, will play a leading role in phase two of the Sandbox Project Mental Health Initiative and knows firsthand the benefits that this technology can have for patients and health care providers.

About The Sandbox Project

The Sandbox Project was created to improve the health of Canada’s children and youth. The goal of The Sandbox Project is to make measurable progress against international health indicators within the next five years, with a particular focus on improving health outcomes for Canadian children with respect to injury prevention, obesity, mental health, and the environment. Working directly with parents, business, health industry leaders, governments and non-governmental organizations, The Sandbox Project seeks to raise awareness, pursue research, and collaborate to develop solutions and better public policy.

Announced at the Sandbox Project 4th Annual National Conference and Workshop, funding support comes from TELUS, the RBC Foundation, the Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Echo Foundation.

For more information on The Sandbox Project, visit: www.sandboxproject.ca

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