1 in 5 Ontario children and youth has a mental health problem - that's about 500,000 kids. Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to eating disorders, psychosis and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse and even suicide.
Children's Mental Health Week is about increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems, decreasing stigma and understanding that help is available and treatment works!
The more educated we are on the subject, the more capable we are to reach out for support. There should be no shame in talking about mental health issues. The more we talk about this, the more we reduce the associated shame and stigma so that young people can get the help they need when they need it most.
- Informational workshops at child and youth mental health centres;
- Green ribbon campaigns;
- Schoolyard walks for mental health awareness;
- Parent information nights;
- Municipal proclamations declaring the first full week of May as Children’s Mental Health Week
Change the View *Film Fest* Thursday, May 8th!
For the 5th year in a row, CMHO is celebrating children's mental health week with a Youtube video contest called Change the View. Ontario youth were invited to make a 2 minute video that shows how we can all take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues like depression, ADHD, bullying and psychosis - for a chance to win $1500!
The videos have been evaluated by a pannel of judges from across Ontario, and the winners will be announced at a special event in Toronto on Thursday, May 8th. We hope you will join us! For more details and to RSVP click here.
Sneak Peak: This year's top 20 Change the View videos! Do you have a favourite? :)
Find a Centre Near You
There are community-based agencies across Ontario that offer free mental health services for children and youth. Find an accredited children's mental health centre in your community using our online mapping tool:
To learn more, or to share your Children's Mental Health Week plans with us, contact Christine Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 921-2109 ext 130.
CMHO in the News
Ontario opens doors for troubled teens
Monday, January 6, 2014
Last year, when 17-year-old Kiana was “struggling to hold it together,” she wasn’t sure where to turn. The Toronto teenager had dropped out of school and was haunted by “weird thinking and unresolved issues about my childhood.” She knew her mental health was precarious and her life was unravelling... Full Article