By some measures, more than 20 percent of adolescent girls in this country will struggle with anxiety, depression or eating disorders. Chances are, one of these very real health issues has touched your family, or a family that you know. Small environmental factors, parenting styles, traumatic life events and social pressures can all combine to challenge a young woman's self-image. So many of these health issues are easy to address and cure with awareness, acknowledgement, understanding and dialogue.
I am racing for the kids because adolescent mental health issues have touched my family and I have seen the very real positive impact that can come through education and compassion around these health issues. I support the Alberta Children's Hospital initiatives to improve and enhance the provision of services, care and education in Alberta!