Mental health concerns directly impact one in every five young people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, or classmate that struggles with their mental health. It is essential that we gain a better understanding of the challenges involved in supporting a young person with a mental health challenge.
The youth mental health field is a new field for most people. YMHC has been on the frontlines of youth mental health for many years. The YMHC director is an educator and has taught elementary, secondary, post-secondary and adult education students in Canada and Africa. YMHC has lived and learned experience of youth mental health issues. We have contributed to provincial and national change in education that recognizes mental health as a disability which must be accommodated in the school system. We have produced numerous youth mental health and wellness educational materials, resources and tools and created peer support services and advocacy and support services that have benefited people across Canada.
We have 10 workshops for you to gain a better understanding of youth mental health challenges and disabilities. This workshop series will explore many of the common mental health issues impacting young people. Participants will learn strategies for supporting young people and reducing the very real stigma and challenges surrounding mental illness.