As parent, educator and community coach, being aware of the mental health of my children, my students and the athletes I coach,  is a key component in assisting them to be successful. In all three scenarios I try to lead by example with positive reinforcement and listen more then I speak.

I have been proud client of RBC since the 1980’s, I opened my first account in our petite local branch on the main street in my hometown. When I found out about the RBC Run for Kids, I knew I had to be involved.

 

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A little about where the financial support of the race will go:

As many as two million young people in Canada are struggling with mental health issues such as an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression or addiction, and yet only one in five will get specialized treatment. This is largely because families don’t know where to turn to find the services their children need.

“The Family Navigation Project helps families who have a young person suffering from a mental health issue or addiction,” says Dr. Anthony Levitt, medical director of the Family Navigation Project. “We find the help and find it now.”

There are plenty of mental health services available for young people, he says, but the system is confusing. It can be extremely difficult for families to find their way to the right program, especially during a crisis. Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project partners families with professional navigators. These navigators are knowledgeable about what services exist, and become allies in guiding families toward the right care at the right time.

Thanks to generous support from the RBC Run for the Kids™, the Family Navigation Project has launched ahead of schedule and is already servicing vulnerable youth in the GTA.

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There are 3 different race lengths for racers to enjoy; 5km, 15km, 25 km. Which one is right for you?

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, this is the event for you. You choose the distance that works for you and we’ll help you every step of the way. Tips from Sunnybrook experts will help you train and get you to the finish line. Best of all, you’ll be helping youth with mental health issues to find the specialized care they need.

Last year, in its very first year, RBC Run for the Kids™ attracted 4,500 participants and raised an astounding $1.2 million for youth mental health. With your support, this year we can go even further to help young people get back on track to a brighter future.

All routes start and finish at Mel Lastman Square.

There are several training blogs that showcase individuals at different stages of training, on the RBC site as well as training tips, how to train schedules and training clinics.

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The race is September 20th, 2014. Will be you be there? For more information on volunteering, participating and donating to this amazing race please check out the RBC Run for Kids site. Did I mention there are prizes from the fabulous sponsors? You never know I might see you at the finish line.