OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2013) - Bell, Ferguslea Properties Limited and the Sens Foundation are pleased to announce that $27,800 was raised during the Bell Hockey Talks Mental Health in support of D.I.F.D. presented by Ferguslea Properties Limited.
The Sens Foundation was able to complete its $100,000 pledge made to The Royal in 2010, two years ahead of schedule. Funds granted to the D.I.F.D.Fund support the Early Identification and Intervention Program for Youth at The Royal.
"On behalf of the Sens Foundation and its board of directors, as well as the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, I want to thank our sponsors, volunteers, participants and our fans for helping us bring attention and awareness to the important issue of youth mental health in our community," said Danielle Robinson, president of the Sens Foundation. "Thanks to financial support, more children in our community will be encouraged to speak up and access mental health programs and services."
"The Bell team applauds the Ottawa Senators for their commitment to increasing awareness of mental health, and we're very proud to partner with them for Bell Hockey Talks Mental Health in support of D.I.F.D," said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative. "This great event has encouraged people to talk more openly about mental illness and helped to shine a spotlight on youth mental health in this community."
"We are so thankful for the Ottawa Senators' continued support of D.I.F.D. at The Royal and mental health overall," said Stephanie Richardson, mother of Daron Richardson. "The Sens and Hockey Talks will inspire open conversations about youth mental health. Through conversations, we can build better understanding, address our own stigmas and make it comfortable for our kids to talk about this important issue.
The Sens Foundation supports mental health initiatives geared towards children and youth. Since 2009, the Sens Foundation has pledged $1.5 million in support of charitable organizations focused on meeting the needs of families with children and youth suffering from mental health illnesses.