Creation of Québec’s 1st Integrated Mother-Child Centre for Eating Disorders with support from Bell Let’s Talk

Montréal , Monday, January 26, 2015

Bell announced a $500,000 donation to support Québec’s first Integrated Mother-Child Centre for Eating Disorders at CHU Sainte-Justine.

Eating disorders: A steadily growing problem among children and teens in Quebec
Over the past four years, the number of young patients admitted to Sainte-Justine for an eating disorder has increased by 44%, from 83 to 120 hospitalizations per year.

The contribution from Bell Let’s Talk will help CHU Sainte-Justine move forward with the first step in the development of this integrated facility, the opening of a day hospital that will provide an intermediate level of care between full hospitalization and outpatient services. This new approach will ensure a more targeted and personalized level of intervention for young patients and their families in an effort to decrease the number and duration of hospital stays and offer enhanced support for families as youth reintegrate to normal living. Ultimately, the day hospital will help prevent the development of eating disorders, reduce their length and improve patients’ overall prognosis.

Concrete solutions to meet an urgent need
The new centre will serve as a referral facility and a comprehensive, specialized platform for the diagnosis, treatment and support of patients aged 6 to 18 with eating disorders, as well as young mothers-to-be. It will also help advance teaching and research in this field. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses amongst young people. The disease affects school, work and social life and is associated with serious medical consequences and other psychiatric disorders.

The newly integrated team has already met several times since January to put in place the foundations of the new Day Hospital, its philosophy and objectives in order to meet the youth and family’s needs .

Pictured left to right: Maud Cohen, President and Executive Director, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation; Marie-Soleil Dion, Comedian; and Martine Turcotte, Vice Chair, Québec, Bell