Working together to change the system! The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Youth Council has created a youth version of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.
Healthy emotional and social development in early years lay the foundation for mental health and resilience throughout life. An estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness—yet, less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment. By age 25, approximately 20 per cent of Canadians will have developed a mental illness. Youth who are engaged in child and adolescent mental health services, and who require continued services, are also often not well supported as they prepare to enter the adult mental health system.
As part of our mandate, the MHCC has been working with partners to advance the mental health of youth and emerging adults. Have a look at some resources we have developed.
The Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective
Created by MHCC’s Youth Council, this youth-written and designed version of the Strategy highlights the experiences and vision of young people working toward system change, ultimately making the Strategy more accessible to all.
Addressing emerging adult mental health
Post-secondary students Standard
The MHCC has developed a National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for post-secondary students.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created a number of resources to support the mental health and wellness of children and youth across Canada. Click on the links below for more information.