Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) donates over £70,000 to Mind Jersey’s Youthful Minds Group as COVID-19 pandemic sees rise in access to mental health services.

Jersey, 17 December 2020 – This year has been anything but ordinary, and one of the most prevalent topics during the pandemic has been taking care of our mental health and wellbeing.

Almost overnight, the charities sector - including those dedicated to mental health - lost a large proportion of its income, threatening the very existence of these vital services.

RBC has worked with Mind Jersey for a number of years, with a focus on its Youthful Minds campaign which strives to tackle the stigma associated with children and young people’s mental health. During COVID-19, Mind Jersey has experienced an increase in calls from Islanders needing support, while at the same time facing disruption to its own resources. Countless others face the same struggle.

RBC very quickly recognised this increased need to actively help the communities where its employees live and work to deliver support where it’s needed most. With creative thinking and determination, RBC quickly pivoted its approach to ensure it could still deliver a number of events and fundraising programmes in support of Mind Jersey.

Through the RBC Super League Triathlon Community Challenge, Global Virtual RBC Race for the Kids and a number of other employee-led initiatives, RBC raised over £70,000 for Mind Jersey in 2020, taking the total raised since partnering with the charity in 2018 to an incredible £136,000.

The funds donated by RBC and its employees will contribute towards extending Mind Jersey’s Youthful Minds group’s early intervention programmes for young people across Jersey’s schools, especially in response to the impact of the pandemic on young people’s mental health

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve each faced unique challenges and disruption in our lives, and it has never been more important to focus on our mental health and wellbeing,” said David Bailey, Chief Operating Office at RBC Wealth Management in the British Isles. “I am so proud of the resilience and determination that RBC employees and the broader Jersey community have shown in 2020. Mind Jersey’s Youthful Minds group is a lifeline to so many, and RBC is delighted to have continued to support the charity’s work this year.”

Dr. Tricia Tumelty at Mind Jersey said: “We are incredibly grateful for RBC’s support again this year. We have seen an increase of over 50 percent in our services being used, and with this donation from RBC we will be able to extend our reach and help to ensure no young person is left behind.”

Media contacts:

Ben Adams, RBC Wealth Management, +44-20-7653-4516, or ben.adams@rbc.com

Eleonore Basle, Greentarget, +44 (0) 20 7324 5491, or eleonore.basle@greentarget.co.uk

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