October 6


The Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation​ supports technology-assisted care for youth mental health

This major gift of $600,000 will make it possible to develop a new digital platform to increase the efficiency and forms of care provided to young people through the Aire Ouverte program.

Thanks to this investment, mental health experts at the Douglas Institute will be able to evaluate new remote digital methods, implement specific interventions for young people in need and complete the support network for the families of young people affected by mental health issues.

Youth in need cannot always be reached in person through Aire Ouverte centres; this digital platform will greatly increase the visibility of the services that are offered and bolster the ability to handle the volume of patients with greater needs. ​

“Many families in our territory are disadvantaged – access to technology and the Internet is not something we can take for granted. Support by the Mirella et Lino Saputo Foundation will allow us to build hope for all young people suffering from mental health problems on our territory,” says Laura Fish, president and CEO of the Douglas Foundation.

The Douglas Institute is establishing a concrete pathway between Aire Ouverte’s care hubs and secondary or tertiary care providers to ensure youth that require greater attention receive the care they need as soon as possible. Our teams of experts have laid the groundwork for an integrated youth mental health plan that will ensure no one seeking care is overlooked.​

The 4 pillars of this integrated plan work together to bring us closer to our goals:​ increasing access to care​, reducing wait times​, as well as improving health outcomes for youth through early intervention and prevention​.

Aire ouverte is a place for young people aged 12 to 25 where a range of health and wellness services are offered under the same roof, free of charge.