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2010 Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

CAMH partners with Belinda Stronach Foundation to help aboriginal youth

For Immediate Release - September 29, 2010 – (Ottawa, Ontario) - Aboriginal children in Canada will get the tools they need to help reach their full potential through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC Canada) initiative led by the Belinda Stronach Foundation in partnership with CAMH and others.
CAMH, together with Bitcasters, created a customized interactive map expedition for the laptop that addresses issues including bullying, smoking, alcohol, solvents, family violence, suicide, drugs, depression and anxiety.
Aboriginal youth are the fastest growing population in Canada.  “We know that giving kids information and helping them build the skills and confidence to make good decisions, has a profound impact on success later in life” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO.
CAMH was pleased to partner on the initiative which will distribute 5000 laptops to Aboriginal children aged 6-12 across Canada. The laptops will provide a technology based solution to help close the education gap and will be a resource to children, their families and their communities.
Dr. Zahn, who attended the launch with other partners, said “suicide rates are 5 to 7 times higher for First Nations youth than for the rest of the youth population. They deserve our attention to help them lead their best lives – nobody should be left behind, no matter who you are or where you live in this country.”
For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH, at (416) 595-6015.
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