Largest Support to Date for Mental Health Program!!

The Stable Program, operated by  the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society, has received financial backing from three different funders for 2017/18. The Children’s Health Foundation, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and Coast Capital Savings join to support CVTRS’s a mental health program: the Stable Program. Between the three organizations, CVTRS will receive $35,000 this year to support the Stable Program. The Children’s Health Foundation will be supporting the program for three consecutive years for up to $75,000.


The Stable Program is a unique equine experiential learning program where youth acquire new skills and strategies to help them better manage their intense emotions, decrease their social challenges and to build resilience and self-esteem.

“Kids may be 25% of our Island’s population but they’re 100% of our future,” says Veronica Carroll, CEO of Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. “Mental health is the fastest-growing issue for Island youth and, as a result, access to services that support mental health was our major funding focus this year.  CVTRS’ Stable Program is a unique and amazing support for children experiencing anxiety or difficulty managing their emotions—and our Foundation is incredibly proud to be supporting families’ access to this service in the Comox Valley.”

According to  Comox Valley’s Vital Signs 2016, anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problem. In Canada and the U.S, 1 in 4 have anxiety or depression. Comox Valley has a slightly higher rate of 250 per 1000 people in comparison to the rest of the province’s average of 213 per 1000 people. The Canadian Mental Health Association states that 1 in 5 with mental health challenges actually receives the help they need.

The Children’s Health Foundation, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and Coast Capital Savings each do their own fund raising to support charities that fit their mandate. The CVTRS is proud to be supported by these organizations. CVTRS is one of the 2017/18 United Way community partners and because of donors in the Comox Valley, this program has some of the funding it needs. The Children’s Health Foundation serves children and youth with disabilities (physical and mental) and health challenges and their families across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Coast Capital Savings supports programs that provide a richer future for youth from communities where Coast Capital does business. CVTRS is a non-profit society established in 1989 and provides therapeutic programs to participants of various abilities.