Woodstock, ON – This year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue or illness. As more people come forward in search of help, the need for programs and services is growing. A Dollar A Day Foundation, launched in February 2018 by musician Alan Doyle, Dr. Andrew Furey, and businessman Brendan Paddick, exists to raise funds to close the gap between the availability of frontline mental health and addictions programs and the growing need for them. The Foundation unites members of the public from across Canada and beyond, each giving a dollar a day to Share the Change for Mental Health and Addictions.
Today, Foundation co-founders and Dollar-A-Dayers, Brendan Paddick and Alan Doyle visited Woodstock, ON, where they presented a donation to the Mental Health Engagement and Response Team mobile crisis intervention program. The MHEART program involves crisis clinicians from the Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford County Branch going to mental health related calls with the Oxford OPP and Woodstock Police, and this $15,000.00 donation, made possible by A Dollar A Day Foundation donors, will support their continuing work on the frontlines of mental health and addictions.
A Dollar A Day funds proven programs that are addressing the challenges that people are facing today. The Foundation looks for innovation, measurable results, and the ability to replicate success in other areas of the country, with a goal to fund programs in every region of Canada. Individuals can sign up to give their dollar a day either monthly, quarterly or annually, based on their personal circumstances and preference, all in support of mental health and addictions services in Canada.
“While there is definitely opportunity to make a difference in our own respective ways, we believe that together, we can lead a movement for change amongst all Canadians for improved access to mental health and addictions care,” said Doyle, “When everyone has equal opportunity to take ownership of a universal issue – corporate dollars, public dollars – together as a united voice for change, we can achieve so much more and have far greater impact in our collective communities – and that benefits everyone.”
About A Dollar A Day Foundation
A Dollar A Day Foundation was established in 2018 to raise funds to close the gap between the availability of mental health and addictions programs and the growing need for them. Founded by Alan Doyle, Dr. Andrew Furey and Brendan Paddick, A Dollar A Day Foundation is a simple, affordable and empowering way to support frontline mental health and addictions programs. Everyone gives a little – A Dollar A Day.
For more information about A Dollar A Day Foundation, or to become a Dollar-A-Dayer, please visit www.adollaraday.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @adollaradayfdn
The Mental Heath Engagement and Response Team (MHEART) program is a partnership between Oxford County OPP, the Woodstock Police Service and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Crisis clinicians from CMHA are paired with on-duty police officers to respond to calls which are mental health and addictions related. This makes it easier for people to get the help they need and deserve, and keeps them out of the emergency room.