National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health is a Multi-Faith, Diverse, Youth Empowering Registered Charitable 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.
PARENTS!Together, we can break the stigma against mental health.
Who We Are
We are a group of diverse multi-faith, multi-talented 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 the 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.
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
Let’s Talk: Positively Youth Mental Health Conference
The Youth Mental Health presentations are delivered by diverse mental health professionals whose presentations have been vetted and pre-approved by our staff of educators and Board of psychologists and the school boards we serve. The first event was launched on May 16, 2019. Click here
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.
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.
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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National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health
58 Sparks Street Ste 46
Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5
Registered Canadian Charitable Organization number: 799576335 RR0001