youth awareness

early intervention

Prevention, early identification and early intervention are the foundation of an effective response and improved outcomes for emerging mental health and substance misuse concerns in youth.

 

Like any health issue we are better equipped to assist or respond if we are able to recognize the signs and symptoms. Once we have identified our self, or someone we know is experiencing mental health concerns it is important to talk about it and seek assistance—just like we would a physical health issue.

The keys to prevention, early identification and early intervention are education and communication. You can help by educating yourself (great resources are provided below) and through adding mental health to your families, friends, and workplace’s health conversation. Talking about, understanding and exercising your mental health are as important as your physical health. The World Health Organization reminds us, “There is no health without mental health”.

Mental Health problems in youth often manifest themselves as behavioural issues in school or at home. However, even when signs or symptoms are recognized, most people are hesitant to have a conversation about their concerns. Additionally, most people will not seek available support or treatment because of the stigma attached to mental illness. This is a real and critical barrier to overcome. Physicians are most often the first point of contact for those seeking help with a mental health or substance use concern. If you do not have a physician there are also community agencies available to provide support.

Below we have provided a list of Simcoe County service providers and helpful resources focused on Youth and Teen Mental Health.

youth services

The ultimate goal: we wanted to begin to make it easier for youth to ask for help. Youth Services here at the Canadian Mental Health Association started asking youth questions about this issue and quickly discovered that the way we interact with youth is creating stigma and that we need to make changes in conjunction with society as a whole. Click on the link to hear their perspective and experiences around how we can become better adult allies and make it safer to provide support to youth within our own lives in the various roles we hold.

A committee of youth service providers in Simcoe County wanted to break down these barriers and practices and attempt to help local agencies become more youth-friendly

The ultimate goal: we wanted to begin to make it easier for youth to ask for help. Youth Services here at the Canadian Mental Health Association started asking youth questions about this issue and quickly discovered that the way we interact with youth is creating stigma and that we need to make changes in conjunction with society as a whole. Click on the link to hear their perspective and experiences around how we can become better adult allies and make it safer to provide support to youth within our own lives in the various roles we hold.