Elevate announces CIX acquisition and new $2-million innovation challenge for youth mental health

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Canada's annual tech festival is launching a $2 million challenge to help fight the country's youth mental health crisis, the CBC reports.

"The youth mental health crisis is more prevalent and acute than it has ever been," says Katherine Hay, CEO of Kids Help Phone.

"And we know this is not going away, unless we all disrupt this landscape, unless we all disrupt mental health for youth from coast to coast to coast."

Hay and Lisa Zarzeczny, co-founder and CEO of Elevate, the festival's co-organizer, announced the challenge on the festival's main stage, the National Post reports.

The $2 million will be raised by Canadian startups to "define, discover, and pilot AI and e-mental health solutions for youth," according to the challenge's website.

Hay says the youth mental health crisis is "the second-highest cause of death for youth in Canada" and "we know this is not going away, unless we all disrupt this landscape."

According to the Globe and Mail, Canada has one of the highest rates of youth suicide in the world.

Hay says the $2 million challenge is just the beginning.

"We want to inspire Elevate's incredible network of startups and innovators to join this challenge and help us Read the Entire Article

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