About Youth Mental Health Canada

Youth Mental Health Canada is a grassroots, youth-driven and led non-profit organization focused on education, advocacy and filmmaking for youth mental health change.

We advocate for greater funding of publicly funded, culturally sensitive, needs-based,  innovative supports and services in healthcare and education.

We believe that mental health and physical health should be valued equally. We need immediate and effective responses to mental health issues and crises. Waiting one year to access therapy, have a psychological-educational assessment and/or participate in in-patient or out-patient programs needs to change. We know what works for youth with mental health disabilities in the school system and we strongly advocate for suicide prevention strategies that demonstrate the value we place on the lives of all youth in Canada.

We share international best practice and evidence-based news and information on youth mental health issues.

Please feel free to share your ideas, insights, stories, input, questions, news and research with us.

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Youth Mental Health Canada Mission Statement

  • To raise awareness of youth mental health issues and how they might be manifested in the educational system
  • To advocate for greater understanding and inclusion of young people with mental health issues
  • To raise the profile of youth mental health
  • To advocate for action on youth mental health issues with increased funding and community supports offered in more timely and effective ways
  • To add our voice to the local, provincial, national and international community of people in the mental health field, specifically focusing on the needs of youth
  • To develop public education materials and tools for increasing awareness of youth mental health
  • To support campaigns challenging systemic discrimination based on mental health disabilities
  • To provide a support network for families struggling with their children’s mental health issues

Our Values

DIGNITY

We believe that children and youth with mental health challenges have the right to be respected, supported and included in schools and communities.

AVAILABILITY

We believe that children and youth have the right to mental health treatment and support services that are timely, effective and coordinated.

INVESTMENT IN POTENTIAL

We believe that meeting the mental health needs of children and youth requires significant financial and professional investment that is sustained throughout the young person’s schooling. Young people with mental health issues have much to contribute to society. It is our responsibility to allow that contribution to flourish.

ENGAGEMENT

We believe that children and youth benefit from close collaboration and shared responsibility among service providers, families, communities, educators, other professionals and government.

COORDINATION

We believe that educational and healthcare supports must be coordinated to support the mental health needs of young people.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We believe that there should be accountability for the responses of societal systems and the people within the systems to the mental health needs of young people.

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