We support and promote innovative and evidence-based solutions to address some of our country’s most pressing physical and mental health care challenges.

We believe all Canadians, especially young Canadians, should have access to the tools, information and supports they need to live their best lives, both mentally and physically.

Adolescent Mental Health

Mental health is the fastest growing category of disability costs, including the long term economic costs of health care, disability claims and lost productivity. By 2020 it is expected that depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability in Canada. Most mental disorders – about 70% – can be diagnosed before age 25, with the onset of most mental health issues occurring in young childhood and adolescence.

Medavie supports initiatives that improve access to a range of mental health supports for children, youth and young adults in ensuring individuals receive the support they need to live productive, fulfilling lives in the community. This includes a focus on post-secondary mental health and improving access to campus mental health supports.

How Medavie helps:

  • By making investments aimed at campus mental health, including access to services, scaling proven programs, and sharing emerging, leading and best practices through reports and convening.
  • Through an annual scholarship program for youth who have overcome a significant mental health challenge.
  • Through an annual grants program to improve access to community-based mental health services and resources.

Post-Traumatic Stress

It is estimated that at any given time, one in 10 Canadians is experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the prevalence rate of lifetime PTSD at 9.2%. PTS is often associated with veterans, first responders and other emergency personnel, but families of victims can also develop PTS, as well as those who have experienced a violent crime, sexual violence, or witnessed a natural disaster. PTS is a mental illness that can seriously disrupt a person’s life, for children, youth and adults.

We understand families are key to ensuring people living with PTS are well cared for and can play an important role in improving outcomes. Medavie is committed to supporting families of serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces and first responders living with post-traumatic stress.

How Medavie helps:

  • Ongoing convening opportunities to bring together individuals and organizations with expertise in PTS, as well as those with lived/living experience and their families.
  • Through investments in programs aimed at supporting the needs of families.

Healthy Living

It is well recognized that diet and lifestyle, including having access to good quality food, impact our wellbeing and risk for health problems. Healthy lifestyle choices, for example, can help prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Medavie is committed to supporting community projects aimed at healthy eating and active living. We believe by supporting initiatives that promote healthy eating, active living, and improved access to healthy food choices and physical literacy, we can improve health outcomes for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

How Medavie helps:

  • By encouraging healthy eating through investments in community kitchens, community gardens, and food skills programming.
  • Facilitating active living by supporting sustainable and inclusive community development projects, including sports fields and recreation facilities.
  • By promoting the benefits of healthy eating and active living.

Our Mission is to Improve the Wellbeing of Canadians.

Medavie is a health company that oversees Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services. Together, we’re bringing Canadians better health and access to care.