Standard Life Donates $25,000 to HHS Navigator Program to Treat Mental Illness

Posted: March 28, 2013
OAKVILLE (ON), March 26, 2013 – The Oakville Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce a donation of $25,000 from Standard Life to assist Oakville youth struggling with mental illness. The donation to the Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) Navigator program will help children and their families access the mental health care services they need.
“Our community investment program focuses on youth well-being. We want to make a positive difference in the lives of young Canadians. We work with organizations like HHS to help children and adolescents reach their full potential,” said Jennifer Gregory, Vice-President, Business Development, Group Savings and Retirement, for Standard Life. “We recognize the importance of early and sustained intervention when dealing with health issues. We fully support the Navigator Program as it guides young patients on their journey toward mental health so they can be the best they can be.”
One in five Ontarians under the age of 18 is struggling with a mental health issue. Yet only a fraction of these children and youth actually receive mental health care and services. HHS developed the Navigator program to ensure struggling children and adolescents obtain the information and advice they and their families need to navigate the healthcare system and gain access to available resources. They also offer hands on support to children and families to address imminent needs related to housing, school, and safety, and provides in-school support to children and their teachers.
"The introduction of navigators has transformed the way HHS helps children and youth in our community," said Tina Triano, CEO of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. "Navigators help parents and children understand what type of support they need and introduce them to the appropriate caregivers. The program receives no government funding which is why we are so grateful to Standard Life for its generous contribution."
The Oakville Hospital Foundation hopes to raise $1.25 million by December to fund the Navigator Program. All donations made in 2013 will be leveraged with a unique 2.5 times matching gift from the Mental Wellness Network and Amarna.
About Oakville Hospital Foundation
The Oakville Hospital Foundation is partnering with the community to fund essential equipment for Oakville’s Hospital to enable high quality patient care. Generous support from the community is needed to help the Foundation achieve its $60 million campaign goal to equip the state-of-the-art health care facility scheduled to open in December 2015.
About Standard Life
Standard Life plc is a leading long-term savings and investment company headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standard Life has around six million customers worldwide and operates in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Asia, and globally with Standard Life Investments Ltd.
In Canada, Standard Life has been doing business for 180 years. It operates under Standard Life Financial Inc., which wholly owns The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada and Standard Life Mutual Funds Ltd. It is Standard Life plc's largest operation outside the UK with about 2,000 employees. It provides long-term savings, investment and insurance solutions to more than 1.4 million Canadians, including group retirement and insurance plan members.
As of December 31, 2012, Standard Life plc had $353 billion in assets under administration, including $45 billion in Canada through Standard Life Financial.
Suzanne Hallsworth
Community Giving Director
Oakville Hospital Foundation
905-845-2571, ext 6250
Geoffrey King
Standard Life
514-499-7999, ext. 8150