The Hubley family has been trying to help children suffering from mental health issues since losing their son, Jamie in 2011 to depression. Working with community donors and the CHEO Foundation to redecorate and revitalize the patient lounge was the beginning of Wendy's journey to assist the patients of the CHEO mental health wing.
The Wonderland Tea Party began in 2016 and has raised over $118,000—equivalent to more than one year of in-patient mental health care for one patient bed to help re-establish and support inpatient mental health services for children under the age of 12.
CHEO Mental Health Statistics
- CHEO has the busiest Emergency Department for children/youth mental health presentations in the country, with close to 3,300 visits last year.
- Since 2010, CHEO has experienced a 90% increase in mental health emergency visits.
- Between 2014 and 2018, there was a 53% increase in the number of Emergency Department mental health visits in which suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt was identified as the primary diagnosis.
- In addition to emergency visits, CHEO also supports over 4,175 inpatient days, 9,340 outpatient visits and over 1,830 outpatient referrals.