It was in Montreal, on December 2005, at Simple Plan’s first Bell Center show, when the band announced the creation of the Simple Plan Foundation.
The foundation’s aim is to help young people in need, by easing their difficult passage to adulthood and by supporting the victims of life threatening illnesses. The foundation also believes that the practice of music can be a privileged tool to help them find a passion in life, keeping them away from street gangs and criminality, and preventing school dropping.
Since they themselves are young, the band’s members are particularly aware of the problems faced by teenagers. They are even more familiar with these problems as they are in constant touch with their fan base. “We started the Simple Plan Foundation as a way to try to give something back to our community and make a difference. After reading thousands of letters and e-mails from our fans and talking to them at our shows, we know very well how tough life can be for kids growing up. It breaks our hearts to see so many young people fighting to survive while feeling depressed and lost. We want our Foundation to help them find their way and show them that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, that things can get better.”
Being in this band, we also got to meet lots of kids and families dealing with illness. There’s nothing more unfair and absurd than seeing a young life ruined by cancer or any other sickness. This subject is extremely close to our hearts because we’ve had people in our own families that were hit by cancer and got to witness first-hand how devastating this can be and what toll it can have on our loved ones. The foundation will be there to try and help out families who are going through such tragic events.
We’ve had the great opportunity of touring the world and meeting all sorts of kids from places far and wide. We’ve also had to see the harsh realities of children living in war torn areas around the world: children who are living in poverty, who are forced into armies, and are suffering from the after effects of war. We believe every child deserves a happy childhood. We hope our foundation will be a global foundation that will give back to the world community of children and help them deal with their own personal daily struggles. If we can bring a few smiles to these children, we know that would make a world of difference”, declared the group members.
MISSION: Offer support and other resources to the relatives and friends of a person with a mental health disorder.
For more than 38 years, Friends for Mental Health has been the only organization in the West Island, recognized by the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux, to provide essential, bilingual and free services to families: father, mother, sibling, spouse, child or any other significant person with a loved one suffering from a mental health problem.
Through a personalized relationship built on trust and mutual respect, our members receive counseling, training, support groups and respite to help them better cope with the challenges of mental illness (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), psychosis, schizophrenia, etc.). They thus receive the necessary help to support their loved one in their recovery process and guide them to appropriate services.
We are actively working to raise awareness about mental health in order to counter prejudices that are still persistent and to fight against stigmatization in the school environment and in the community. Our services enable more than 1000 families, friends and relatives of the person with a mental health problem to develop concrete strategies and contribute to improving their quality of life.
Friends for Mental Health – Strengthening families, supporting caregivers!
Lymphoma Canada is a small charitable organization with a big mission: To empower patients and the lymphoma community through education, support and research.
We are the only National organization focused on lymphoma cancer. Today, 100,000 Canadians are living with lymphoma and there are more than 60 types of lymphoma all of which fall under three categories: Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and Chronic Lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
Lymphoma affects many people, from patients, family and caregivers, to medical professionals and researchers. Lymphoma Canada connects and empowers this community. Together we are promoting early detection, finding new and better treatments, helping patients access those treatments, learning lymphoma’s causes, and finding a cure. This cancer is complicated, and treatment may be complex and change over time. Decisions patients make at diagnosis can affect their treatment options in the future. Through a myriad of initiatives we outreach and educate at no cost and in both languages (French and English) online and printed resource materials for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Our vision: Life unlimited by lymphoma.