The MHCC created the Youth Council in 2008 as a way to listen to young people (age 18 to 30) who have lived experience with mental health problems or illnesses, either personally or through a family member or friend.
With more than two-thirds of the adults who live with a mental health problem or illness reporting that their symptoms began when they were young, it’s essential to understand their needs and experiences to improve our mental health system.
In addition, while about 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness, less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment. By age 25, one in five Canadians will have developed a mental illness.
Youth Council members seek to:
- Advocate on behalf of young people with mental health problems or illnesses
- Engage with youth mental health networks
- participate in MHCC projects
- represent the voice of young people at MHCC and public events
- promote recovery and inspire others.
The Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective
The impact of mental health stigma on youth
Food for thought: A youth perspective on recovery-oriented practice
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