Why We Exist
Many people suffering from mental illness do not have access to the supports they need to get on the road to recovery. A Dollar a Day is a simple and direct way to change that.
The Dollar A Day Foundation exists to raise funds to close the gap between the availability of front line mental health and addictions programs and the growing need. While statistics do give a sense of just how great the overall need is, the principles underpinning the Dollar A Day Foundation are focused on the recognition that behind every mental health data point is a real suffering human being and the idea that every time there is an interaction there is a real possibility of for positive a change in a person’s life.
Globally we are facing a mental health crisis that is growing. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder has increased over 100% in the last 10 years jumping from 1 in 250 kids to 1 in 68. Successive generational cohorts and are seeing higher incidences of anxiety and stress disorders. With our aging population, seniors are poised to have the highest rates of mental illness in Canada. Youth suicide in Canada is third amongst developed countries.
The World Health Organization and the World Bank agree that for every $1 invested in mental health programs, there is an improvement equivalent to $4. And we also know that the barriers to individuals gaining access to the mental health programs they need fall into three categories, stigma, lack of system preparation and money to fund programs. The Dollar A Day Foundation is focused on taking action today by directing more dollars to the many underfunded programs that do exist and can make a difference in more people’s lives right now. We keep it simple and equitable by asking everyone for A Dollar A Day and no more. Our promise to each donor is to be operationally lean and have as much of that dollar as possible hit the front line. We are committed to excellence in online communications, keeping you informed about the good you are doing. We strive to ensure that the programs we fund impact people in the regions where our donors live.