Photo from left: Cameron Ketchum (United Way East Ontario, Director of Community Initiatives), Mark Taylor (United Way East Ontario, Vice President, Resource Development), John MacBeth (TryCycle Data Systems, CEO), Cameron MacLeod (Vice President, Strategy and Alliances)

Donation will help connect 1,400 individuals with mental health support services

Ottawa, Ontario – TryCycle Data Systems (TryCycle), alongside the United Way East Ontario and Carlington Community Health Centre, today announced a $500,000 in-kind donation that will help connect 1,400 Ottawa residents with mental health support services.

“TryCycle is incredibly proud to announce this important donation and to be working with community partners to take proactive steps to help address Canada’s mental health crisis,” said John MacBeth, Founder and CEO of TryCycle. “I would like to thank Deputy Mayor Clarke Kelly, United Way East Ontario and Carlington Community Health Centre for joining us for this announcement and for their tireless efforts in supporting those struggling with mental health.”

The announcement was made at TRYCON23, an event hosted at TryCycle’s new Ottawa office. TryCycle is an Ottawa tech success story. It is a digital mental health software company named by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of the city’s fastest-growing companies in 2023. The company has developed innovative service models and applications that support those facing mental health concerns and addiction.

“I would like to congratulate TryCycle on opening their new office and thank TryCycle, United Way East Ontario and the Carlington Community Health Centre for their dedication and service to Ottawa residents who need mental health support,” said Clarke Kelly, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa. “On behalf of the City of Ottawa and the 1,400 residents who will benefit from today’s announcement, I thank all partners for their leadership in addressing mental health support shortages in our community.”

“Often, people experiencing the worst mental health issues face barriers in getting help. United Way East Ontario works with frontline mental health and addictions services across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County to ensure people have access to timely and culturally appropriate care,” said Mark Taylor, Vice President, Resource Development for United Way East Ontario. “TryCycle has developed technologies that break down barriers to care, and we are proud to work with them to ensure this generous donation makes the greatest impact in our community.”

“As an organization on the frontlines of Ottawa’s mental health crisis, Carlington Community Health Centre knows there is a significant and growing need for more mental health support services,” said Yacouba Traoré, Executive Director, Carlington Community Health Centre. “We applaud the leadership being undertaken by TryCycle and the United Way East Ontario to find the right community partner to use and deliver this innovative mental health support tool to those in need.”

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Phone: 613-314-1249