OTTAWA, Aug. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - On August 12, International Youth Day, we are reminded that affordingyoung people the opportunity to gather in safe places, be they physical or virtual to share their thoughts, feelings and concerns is vital. This is especially true when it comes to fostering dialogue around mental health and wellness.
With evaluation evidence showing 95 per cent of youth participants felt inspired to take a stand against stigma, HEADSTRONG summits are springing up across the country. Led by youth, for youth, the outcome of the summits involves young leaders returning to their schools and delivering mental health promotion action plans. These often include the development of supportive wellness spaces free from judgement.
Ultimately, every community that benefits from HEADSTRONG is becoming a safer space for young people.
Learn more about HEADSTRONG by watching this video:https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/content/mhcc-headstrong-youth-anti-stigma-initiative Share it with every young person you know. They all have the capacity to be changemakers for a tomorrow free from stigma.
Louise BradleyPresident and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada
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