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Canada's Children's Hospital Foundation

"There’s a lot of misunderstanding around Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – that it’s a charming personality quirk. The truth is, it’s scary and often debilitating but help is available."


Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Center

“There’s a lot of misunderstanding around Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – that it’s a charming personality quirk. The truth is, it’s scary and often debilitating. But help is available.”

In the fall of 2014, Charlotte began to see troublesome changes in her behavior. Her hands looked like “red mittens,” chapped and raw from constant washing. Worried that her clothes might be contaminated, she changed them repeatedly. She couldn’t bring herself to touch money. “There were days when Charlotte was spending seven or eight hours just being afraid to breathe, to eat, to touch things, to go to bed,” says her mom, Leslie. “I don’t remember much about that time,” says Charlotte, “because my thoughts were going so fast.”

Recognizing she needed help, Charlotte began working with a therapist at her local children’s hospital. Her treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder began in March 2015, and she quickly saw incredible improvement. By June, Charlotte was feeling much better. Today she is pursuing her interest in sewing and design, and spending quality time with her beloved cat, Jackson.

Leslie, Charlotte’s mom, says getting Charlotte into treatment was a big relief. “I don’t know where we’d be if we hadn’t had someone to get us through. When I look back, it feels like we were in the middle of a tornado – and then all of a sudden we emerged.”

Chances are, Charlotte might have waited longer, if not for the donor funded work done by Dr. Julie Eichstedt, a clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital in London, ON. She led an innovative project that succeeded in reducing wait times from as long as 14 months to less than three months in 2015.

Thirty-One Gives is proud to be the first national partner to advocate for mental health awareness with Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations, encompassing 11 children’s hospitals across Canada.

Did you know

  • Thirty-One Gives is the first national partner to support and advocate for mental health and wellness for the 11 Canadian children’s hospitals represented by Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundation.
  • We are proud to help lead the efforts to change these staggering statistics:
    • 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
    • An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children are affected by mental illness, yet less than 20% will receive appropriate treatment.
    • Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.
    • By age 25, approximately 20% Canadians will have developed a mental illness.
  • All funds raised for Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundation go directly to the donor’s local hospital, including:
    • BC Children's Hospital
    • The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba
    • Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
    • Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
    • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation
    • Children's Health Foundation
    • McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation
    • Sick Kids Foundation
    • Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation
    • IWK Foundation
    • Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation