Heading to Post-Secondary? Win this Bursary!

Brent on April 18, 2013

Are you in Grade 12? Do you struggle with mental health and/or substance use challenges?

Mental health struggles most often start in childhood or adolescence, and they can sometimes lead to barriers when transitioning from high school to college or university. It’s important to remember that if you are experiencing challenges, you’re not alone. Far from it – in fact, it’s estimated that approximately 25% of Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in their lifetime. In addition, there are many people and organizations who work to support youth just like you, and there are actually bursaries and scholarships specifically for youth with mental health and substance use challenges.

One of these opportunities just came across our desk, and we wanted to share it with you all. The Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary of $500 will be awarded to two Grade 12 students who are currently accessing support for mental health or substance use challenges.

The award honors the life of Janice Lee who suffered from depression and anxiety for six years and took her own life in 2006. The following year, Blue Wave was created by her family to help break the silence around mental illness in teens and to provide support earlier. The vision of the Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary program is to invest in the resilience, wisdom and potential of young people and to reduce some of barriers during the major transition from high school to higher education.

The bursary will award a maximum of two $500 awards, and applications are due by May 20, 2013 (note: some restrictions apply).

Click here to learn more and apply – Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary

Keep Well and Keep Inspiring,



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BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.