Chris and Erin Phillips - honourary chairs of the hopes rising campaign for mental health at QCH

Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Mental Health Program is facing challenges and barriers to optimizing care for patients and families facing mental health issues and crises.

HOPES RISING is a $5 million campaign to enhance and improve mental healthcare for a rapidly growing number of adults and families. It is a campaign inspired by the hopes of families throughout our community to enhance acute mental health services for adults of all ages. 

Starting as a $5 million campaign HOPES RISING grew out of  the shared desire of a group of donors to improve mental health facilities at Queensway Carleton Hospital.  Together with a committed team of hospital stakeholders, they knew that change was not only necessary, but imperative. The seeds of a revitalized space for our mental health program were sown from a vision that sought to improve patient outcomes for those in the midst of a mental health crisis.

Thanks to our incredible community of donors, the HOPES RISING campaign has surpassed our hopes and dreams, raising $6 million in support of a renovated Mental Health Unit at QCH.

Hope Starts Here. We Are West Ottawa’s Hospital For Acute Mental Health Services

Queensway Carleton Hospital has been providing inpatient, outpatient and emergency mental health services through its Mental Health Program for almost four decades. This often comes as a surprise to the people who know Queensway Carleton Hospital for its many other cornerstone health care programs.

Our Mental Health Program provides acute mental health services in west Ottawa serving a population of over 400,000. We operate a 24 bed inpatient unit as well as day treatment programs, assessments, emergency consultations, inpatient liaison and mental health outreach clinics in the Ottawa Valley.

Due to an unrelenting increase in the number of adults of all ages requiring acute mental health services, our Mental Health Program urgently needs to transform its space and the care it delivers to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Community Support is Helping Create a Therapeutic Space That Supports Hope, Healing And Recovery.

Space used by our Mental Health Program has not had a significant physical upgrade in almost 40 years. With a steadily increasing demand for acute mental health services, it is struggling to meet demand, frequently over capacity and simply unable to provide the level of appropriate care that our community deserves.

A very special thank you to Chris and Erin Phillips as HOPES RISING Honourary Chairs, and to the HOPES RISING volunteer committee: Sara Cinq-Mars, Barbara Crook, Kathy Turner, Denis Daoust, Ken Hoppner, Blenard Helmsi, and Stephen McGill.


March 5, 2021 – Queensway Carleton Hospital approved to begin building new Mental Health Unit. Read more here.

September 19, 2019 – Harvesting Hope at the Farm raises $465,000 towards HOPES RISING! We are getting closer and closer to our goal. Read more here.

May 24, 2018 – Hope Blooms at the Farm raises $520,000 towards HOPES RISING! Read more here.

September 27, 2017 – 10 Ottawa City Councillors announce pledge to raise $500,000 for HOPES RISING, called Ambassadors Raising Hope. Read more here.

June 30, 2016 – HOPES RISING campaign has raised $2 Million!

View the news post about Chris and Erin Phillips’, Luke and Stephanie Richardson’s, and the Ottawa Senators Foundation gift to HOPES RISING – click here.

View the CTV news interview with Barbara Crook and $1Million lead gift to the campaign: http://goo.gl/hjjB3B

Media Coverage of HOPES RISING

For more information about Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Mental Health Program and Services please visit the Hospital’s website.