More than $14.5 million dollars has been raised for charities at the BMO Vancouver Marathon through the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society’s Run4Hope program.



Create a bright future for youth experiencing mental health problems.

Children, Youth and Depression

While we may think of low mood or other challenges as adult problems, they affect people at every age. Children and teens can also experience mental illnesses like depression. Sometimes it can be difficult for adults to understand how difficult children’s problems can be because we look at their problems through adult eyes. But the pressures of growing up can be very hard for some children. It’s important that we remind ourselves that while children’s problems may seem unimportant to us, they can feel overwhelming to young people. It’s important to take depression in young people seriously…

Depression often starts between the ages of 15 and 30, but it can affect anyone even teens and younger children. Depression is very treatable. Children, teens and adults can all recover from depression. For children and teens in particular, early treatment is important so they can get back to their education and other goals as quickly as possible.

Canadian Mental Health Association. Children, Youth and Depression 2014


Pandemonium is one of The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Child and Youth Programs, supporting youth who have mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Pandemonium is a recreation-based program that provides a social and safe environment for youth to reintegrate themselves back into the community and engage in activities that allow participants to meet and overcome personal challenges. It offers experience in friendship-building and encourages the development of peer social networks that reduce the isolation often felt by youth living with a mental health problem.


Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians.

As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness. Thanks to the BMO Vancouver Marathon RUN4HOPE program, runners supporting Canadian Mental Health Association help our organization to raise funds to continue our Child and Youth programs. Your donations can help create a bright future for youth in our communities.

Please join our team as one of the Canadian Mental Health Association runners. To learn more, connect to CMHA RUN4HOPE or contact [email protected]

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