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Senators Community Foundation launches youth mental health initiative 'Points by Paul'

Sens forward Nick Paul will donate $150 to the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health each time he scores during the 2021-2022 season, and the foundation will match each donation. 
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Points by Paul is an initiative started by Ottawa Senators forward Nick Paul, with all proceeds going to Ottawa's Royal Hospital. Photo/ Ottawa Senators

The Senators Community Foundation and Ottawa Senators forward Nick Paul have joined forces to launch 'Points By Paul,' an initiative in support of youth mental health in the city.

Paul will donate $150 to the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health each times he scores during the 2021-2022 season, and the Senators Community Foundation will match each donation. 

The campaign has already raised $2,700 this season and Sens fans can add support by pledging a set amount for the season or an amount for each point Paul tallies.

Nick Paul launched his first 'Points by Paul' campaign when he was in high school, playing for the Ontario Hockey League's North Bay Battalion. He had lost a close friend to suicide and wanted to advocate for mental health while stressing the importance of having meaningful conversations.

After joining the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health last season, and with additional support from the Senators Community Foundation, the initiative has now been reintroduced. 

"We are so grateful for Nick's leadership both on and off the ice," said Royal Ottawa Foundation president Chris Ide in a release. "Right now, one in four Canadians is struggling with a mental health issue. Nick's vision and generosity help our experts at The Royal provide additional support so more people can access world-class mental healthcare, recover faster and live a life filled with possibility."

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