We imagine a community where all children have the support they need to develop healthy minds and bodies.

Who we are

Happy Roots Foundation is a private charitable foundation serving Ottawa and Lanark County.

Our mission is to nurture infant and early childhood mental health by tackling adversity in the early years of life and fostering supportive relationships between young kids and their caregivers.

What we do

Happy Roots works with charities in Ottawa & Lanark County to provide funding for children’s mental health in the early years, from birth to age six. 

Physical and mental health is a lifelong journey that takes root on day one. In line with our mission and core values, we seek to move the needle in early childhood mental health and child development. We believe this is possible by devoting resources to programs and projects that focus on reducing exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the early years and fostering supportive relationships between kids and their caregivers.

Why the early years

Scientists and researchers now know that our brains are built through a combination of genes and experiences–this is often referred to as our brain architecture. Recent science tells us that our early relationships and life experiences affect the physical structure of our brains, with potential long term impacts on our emotional, physical and mental health.

The numbers tell the story of why early intervention is crucial:



of mental health problems have their onset in childhood or adolescence


of children aged 2-5 meet the diagnostic criteria for mental health problems


Canada’s youth suicide rate is third highest in the industrialized world

It’s ok not to be ok.

If your family needs immediate help, contact your family doctor or another trusted professional. You can also reach out to the variety of services in the Ottawa region that can provide advice or direct you to the right resource.

Charitable #710172289 RR 0001