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Calgary’s first dedicated centre for child and adolescent mental health will be called The Summit: Marian & Jim Sinneave Centre for Youth Resilience — honouring the lead donors for the new facility while reflecting valuable sentiments from the community.

“We are so delighted the Sinneaves were open to letting the centre bear their name,” says Saifa Koonar, President and CEO of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. “While their initial desire to remain anonymous with their transformational gift speaks to their humility, we’re honoured that they agreed to let us celebrate their unprecedented generosity in this way.”

THE CENTRE

Purpose-built and designed to help children, teens and families with urgent mental health and substance use concerns. Open seven days a week. Self-referrals welcome.

Individual, group and family therapy provided within a concentrated time frame to help young people manage escalating issues and prevent the need for hospitalization.

Therapy and support for young people transitioning from a hospital admission back to their home and community. This service is for those who still need intensive therapy during the day, yet are ready to sleep at home at night.

This unique combination of crucial services will augment and integrate with the continuum of care currently provided by Alberta Health Services and agencies within our community.

NEW HOPE FOR EMERGING ADULTS

As Calgarians rallied to create The Summit: Marian & Jim Sinneave Centre for Youth Resilience, sobering facts heightened by the fallout from COVID-19 compelled the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to extend our Build Them Up campaign in support of an integrated clinical and research mental health initiative focused on helping 16- to 24-year-olds. This new venture will bring together clinicians and researchers with expertise in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, psychology, social work and adolescent medicine to address significant gaps in knowledge and services and meet the needs of a population at a pivotal juncture.