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World Mental Health Day recognizes the mental health of young people


On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, CMHA Waterloo Wellington will join international mental health organizations to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day is supported by the World Health Organization as an important way to raise awareness and advocate for better care for those with mental health issues worldwide. The theme this year is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World, in recognition of the risks and challenges faced by young people in today’s world and the need to begin the conversation around how we can better help protect their health.  

Young people are vulnerable to constant stressors and challenges. Many are faced with issues of bullying, suicide, effects of trauma, gender identity discrimination and the onset of major mental illnesses with little knowledge of how to deal with them.     

About 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario experiences a mental health challenge and about 70 per cent of mental health challenges begin in childhood or youth. This is why early identification and intervention, building resilience, increasing availability of and access to better services and care are critical in protecting and improving the wellbeing of young people. It’s time to take stand and demand more for this vulnerable population. 

CMHA branches across the province provide a variety of youth mental health programs. CMHA Waterloo Wellington offers:

Beautiful Minds provides school-based education programs that focus on positive mental health and the reduction of stigma. We work with schools, social agencies and community partners to develop, promote and deliver presentations designed to increase knowledge and promote stigma reduction throughout a person’s life. Click here to learn more.

WAYVE is a violence prevention and mental health promotion program for youth by youth in the Waterloo Region. Youth on in-school teams decide on the issues that are important to their school and run activities, events, and campaigns to reduce violence and promote mental health in their schools. Click here to learn more.

YouthTALK supports youth to create and deliver peer-led projects that address the myths and realities of suicide and mental health concerns, promote resiliency and healthy coping, and provide useful information about local resources in Wellington Dufferin. Click here to learn more.

For more information on child and youth mental health services offered by CMHA Waterloo Wellington, click here. 

To find more information about child and youth mental health and services in Ontario, visit 



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