RJCF provides much needed funding for Quebec Eating Disorder outpatient clinic.
April 20, 2020
Portfolio Manager Mitchell Rosenberg is a recent recipient of a $5000 Advisory Committee Grant to benefit the Douglas Foundation Eating Disorder outpatient clinic in Montreal, Quebec.
“Someone very close was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa,” Mitchell says.
“It literally took over one year for her to get a place in the outpatient program at the eating disorder clinic at the Douglas, which is the only program of its kind in Quebec.”
According to the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED), approximately 1 million Canadians meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. Young Canadians are increasingly engaging in dieting behaviour and the incidence of Eating Disorders in Canadian Children is 2 to 4 times greater than Type 2 Diabetes.
The Douglas Foundation’s clinic currently has capacity for up to 6 patients. “This was a very sad and painful awakening of a dangerous disease, and the lack of awareness and need for funding. This clinic is nationally and internationally recognized, yet they lack the funds to operate to the capacity that is urgently needed,” Mitch says.
The Advisory Committee Grant will support the Douglas Foundation in expanding their program as there are currently wait lists at least a year long. According to Mitchell “This will allow [the Douglas Foundation] to treat 50% more people who need to be hospitalized and 35% more in the hospital and day program.”
The Raymond James Canada Foundation is proud to continue its mission to help build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across Canada. The Advisory Committee Grant program is just one of three employee-directed granting programs making a difference.