PARENTS!Together, we can break the stigma against mental health.
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.
Facing Mental Health Together
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.
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Join The Movement
Donating is more than just a monthly gift. It’s a commitment to stopping mental illness from destroying lives. It is speaking up for those who can’t and shattering the stigma around mental illness. It’s a message of hope to every man, woman and child affected that they will always have the support they need to transform their lives for the better. Show Youth They are Not Alone in their challenges with Mental Health.
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