National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health

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National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health (613) 501-0171 is a Multi-Faith, Diverse, Youth Empowering organization. Our POSITIVE nurturing and comprehensive Arts programs, 10 Yearly Diverse Positive National Conferences, Campus offices, Pet Therapy Programs, Youth-Led Book Clubs, Danceathon Celebration concerts (Yes dancing is good for mental health!) weekly YouthVoice counseling support meetings and Parent Support sessions make us stand out and apart from other organizations. Our Advisory Board consists of health experts, doctors, educators, counselors and most importantly YOUTH.


Together, we can break the stigma against mental health.
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The National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health is
– launching an online Youth Convocation for ages 10 to 30 on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Click here
– launching internship and career tools and placement models called SHINE: Just Do It! on May 12, 2020. Click here
– incorporating and reviving our animal-assisted Pet Therapy in mental health treatments for adolescents on June 12, 2020. Click here
– DIVERSITY in Mental Health: We will highlight Judge Stanley Grizzle, who wrote “ My Name’s Not George” to demonstrate that systemic discrimination and racism can be overcome without compromising our values on June 18, 2020. Click here

Who We Are

We are a group of youth, university and college students, dedicated educators and humanitarians from across Canada who decided that our responsibility to children, youth and university students involved caring about their emotional and psychological mental health, as well as their physical wellbeing, so that learning could be achieved and students could reach their full potential.

We, as Educators, learned very quickly in our careers that we needed to create a safe, accepting, and engaging space within our classrooms free of the stress, discrimination, emotional turmoil and trauma which negatively affects and prevents learning. Our commitment became to work with parents, professionals, and most importantly, our students to educate and increase awareness of mental health challenges for children, youth and university students.

Our National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health was an unincorporated, grassroots organization established in 2002, which relied on various donations from staff of large organizations and the kindness of professionals who volunteered and provided their professional services for free. The donations were monetary, the sponsoring of event room rentals for mental health summits and forums, and the donations of room rentals for our events. We are also grateful for the outpouring of volunteers from a wide spectrum of organizations. The Arts communities across Canada and the United States have given our National Collaboration immense support, which led to performers, such as LeCrae donating their time and performances to our Youth summits and forums.

Thanks to the commitment of Bell Canada we are now able to plan our National Mental Health Youth Conferences for ages 12 to 30. The first National Conference has been designed and planned with a great deal of research, care, passion and community outreach.  It will launch on May 16, 2019 at the University of Ottawa. Our youth committees have been involved in every aspect of planning for the National Conferences. The National Youth Mental Health Conference Flyer was inspired by 13 year old Alex from Ottawa and designed collaboratively by 18 year old university student McCory from Calgary.


Our Partners

The  National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health is growing every day and at present comprised of CBC, Elementary Teachers Association, Secondary Teachers Association, the Association of Retired Teachers, Equal Justice Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association and Big Brothers and Sisters.


Facing Mental Health Together

Given that approximately 20 percent of the population experiences some type of mental illness, chances are very high that everyone knows someone whose life is touched by mental illness.

Increasing mental health awareness increases understanding, not only of what mental illness is but of the people who experience these mental health challenges. Knowing that you’re not alone can reduce feelings of isolation and shame; someone struggling with mental health issues isn’t “weird” or “defective” or the only one. Are you facing your own mental health difficulties? You’re not alone. You’re in very good company—humanity.

Past Conferences

March 4, 2020
Dalhousie University

March 25, 2020
McGill University

April 2, 2020
Schulich School of Business

April 9, 2020
Western University

April 16, 2020
University of Calgary

Our mental health flyer was created by 13 year old Alex from Ottawa and 18 year old Mccory from Calgary.



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