GBF Newsletter 7.7
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March 2023
Dear readers,
We are pleased to bring you some important updates related to our work, including a new article about GBF, a recording of the webinar "Planet Youth and IYS in Canada," as well as a new publication from the IAMHRF. We have also highlighted a recent publication from Foundry BC and an announcement from Huddle Manitoba.
A recently published article explores the beginnings of the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF) and the role of philanthropy in supporting mental health.

The story features an interview with Ian Boeckh, President of GBF, who discusses how the Boeckh family established the Foundation several decades ago in honour of his brother, Graham, who died from complications related to schizophrenia. Since then, the Foundation has embarked on an important journey to transform mental health services for youth in Canada and has helped catalyze the Integrated Youth Services (IYS) movement. IYS is now supported by a range of stakeholders in Canada, including philanthropic foundations and Canadian governments.

To read the full story and interview, click here.
On February 16th, GBF and Planet Youth hosted a webinar entitled “Planet Youth and Integrated Youth Services in Canada.” Planet Youth is a prevention model designed to reduce or delay substance use among youth. It was pioneered in Iceland 20 years ago and has since been implemented in over 16 countries around the world, including in various communities and provinces in Canada.

The webinar provided an overview of Planet Youth, how it is being implemented in Canada, and how it might work together and relate to IYS. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. The session featured the following topics and speakers:

What is Planet Youth
Margret Lilja Gudmundsdottir, Planet Youth
Inibjorg Eva Thorisdottir, Planet Youth

Planet Youth in Canada
Jason Lidberg & Joanne Pinnow, United Way Calgary and Area
David Somppi, Planet Youth Lanark County

Integrated Youth Services and Planet Youth
Jo Henderson, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario
Melanie Cormier & Stéphane Bérubé, Government of New Brunswick
Tanya Halsall, The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research
To learn more about Planet Youth and IYS, visit and
Huddle, Manitoba’s provincial IYS initiative, has officially launched its fifth new site, Huddle Selkirk. The youth hub is led by Peguis First Nation, in partnership with local community organizations, and offers services such as counseling, addictions support, cultural healing and ceremony, primary care, employment services, recreational activities, and much more in a safe and welcoming space.

There are now six Huddle sites across the province, including one in Selkirk, one in Brandon and four in Winnipeg. Huddle Selkirk is the second Indigenous-led site in the Huddle network. 

GBF, through the Bell-GBF Partnership, is pleased to be a partner in supporting this critical initiative  which is transforming the way young people in Manitoba access the care they need.
In response to growing interest in the IYS model, Foundry, BC’s provincial IYS network, has developed and published a new report that provides an overview of the core principles and components of the Foundry model and the evidence and rationale for its service offerings and framework. The report aims to increase the understanding of Foundry’s model and foster ongoing learning and development of the IYS sector both in BC and across Canada.

To read the report, click here.

GBF, through the Bell-GBF Partnership, is proud to be a partner in supporting Foundry and its efforts. 
                                                        Photo courtesy of Foundry BC

Historically, decisions about mental health research funding have often been made without consulting people with lived experience of mental health issues (PWLE). A new survey from the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders (IAMHRF) suggests that this is beginning to change. The results indicate that the number of research funders collaborating with PWLE has doubled in the last five years, marking a significant shift towards more inclusive funding practices. The results were published on March 22, 2023, in the journal Nature Mental Health and can be read here.

Click here to hear from Monique Van Den Eijnden, an author of the article and researcher with lived experience, as she shares insights on the importance of involving people with lived experience in mental health research funding.

The IAMHRF was founded in 2010 by GBF to address global fragmentation in the mental health sector.
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