TORONTO – It was announced today that Canadian superstars Seth Rogen and Alessia Cara, along with actress Madison Bailey, are joining the stellar lineup of actors, musicians, and athletes for UNSINKABLE YOUTH, the one-hour special in support of Canadian youth. Presented by Unsinkable, Kids Help Phone, and Bell Media and hosted by Olympian and Unsinkable founder Silken Laumann and NEVER HAVE I EVER star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the new special premieres this Friday, May 22 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found.
Previously announced personalities appearing in the special include Hayley Wickenheiser, Jacob Tremblay, Johnny Orlando, Lauren Orlando, Lennon Stella, Tessa Virtue, The Reklaws, and Wali Shah.
“Youth from across the country have opened their hearts and shared with us about what the experience of COVID has been like for them. They have told us what they need from the adults in their life and what their hopes are. The voices of Seth, Alessia, Maitreyi, Madison and Johnny are powerful because they have dared to be real and vulnerable with the youth,” said Silken Laumann, Olympian/Founder, Unsinkable.
“I am delighted to join forces with Silken Laumann and Kids Help Phone on this very important project,” said Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Co-Host, UNSINKABLE YOUTH. “We have all had to cancel plans and limit interactions with friends and loved ones in order to stay safe and keep everyone healthy. And while we understand that it’s the right thing to do, that doesn’t diminish the fact that this has been especially hard on kids and teens just like me. My hope is that UNSINKABLE YOUTH will encourage young Canadians to reach out, speak up and know that it’s ok to say this is hard.”
Unsinkable and Kids Help Phone have invited organizations to encourage a “meeting free” policy during the event so that families can experience it together.
Kids Help Phone Stats
- Outreach to Kids Help Phone has more than doubled across Canada during the COVID-19 crisis;
- Outreach doubled in Nova Scotia following the mass shooting;
- Demand for service remains 63% higher on texting platform, 55% higher through phones;
- Kids Help Phone conducts 5 – 10 active rescues for people in danger of suicide per day.
Unsinkable is a non-profit organization founded by four-time Olympian Silken Laumann that inspires and empowers Canadians. Our mission is to connect and empower Canadians to achieve better mental, physical and spiritual health. Whether celebrity, neighbour, youth or health expert, our stories hold wisdom and power. We are creating a connected community to empower Canadians on their journey to greatness. Together, we are Unsinkable. Website: weareunsinkable.com
About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support in English and French to young people. As the country’s virtual care expert, we give millions of youth a safe, trusted space to talk over phone and online chat or through text message with Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone in any moment of crisis or need. Through our digital transformation, we envision a future where every person in Canada is able to get the support they need, when they need it most and we have most recently realized that through Crisis Text Line Canada. This innovation is fueled by courageous donors, partners, volunteers and more. Learn more at KidsHelpPhone.ca or @KidsHelpPhone.
CTV is Canada’s #1 television brand. CTV provides unparalleled entertainment programming across two broadcast television networks; a powerful suite of specialty channels including CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Drama Channel, CTV Life Channel, and CTV Sci-Fi Channel; and digital platforms CTV.ca, CTV Throwback, CTV Movies, and the CTV app. CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 18 years in a row and features a wide range of sports and information programming, including CTV News, Canada’s highest-rated national and local newscasts. CTV comes from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and out-of-home advertising.
About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 29 specialty channels, including leading specialty services TSN and RDS. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of 50,000 faces in five provinces. The country’s digital media leader, Bell Media develops and operates websites, apps, and online platforms for its news and entertainment brands; video streaming services Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and jointly owns Dome Productions Partnership., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.