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 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide.
The good news is that help is available and treatment works!
Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children's Mental Health Week. This important week is about:
- increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems
- decreasing stigma, and
- understanding that help is available and it works!
Celebrating Children's Mental Health Week
From May 5-11, 2013, we all have the opportunity to work together to bring child and youth mental health centre stage. For a list of events happening across Ontario click here. Events being planned across the Province include:
- Informational workshops at child and youth mental health centres;
- Schoolyard walks for mental health awareness;
- Parent information nights;
- Municipal proclamations declaring the first full week of May as Children’s Mental Health Week;
- Shopping mall kiosks;
- Green ribbon campaigns;
- Radio and television show interviews with child and youth mental health experts, and much more
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 30. Alternatively, click here (PDF, 2 pages) for ideas about how you can be involved in this year's celebration.
Change the View
For the 4th year in a row, CMHO is celebrating children's mental health week with a Youtube video contest called Change the View. Ontario youth aged 13-25 were invited to make a video showing what their school can do to create a supportive environment for students experiencing mental health issues and addictions.
Check out all of the submissions on CMHO's YouTube site. The videos were evaluated by a pannel of youth judges from across Ontario.
Watch this year's winning videos here!!
Help make this a great week for all children, youth and their families!