As part of their work supporting the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) of Ottawa, the Youth and Caregiver Resource Group identified a need for mental health resources for diverse ethnocultural communities. The youth recruited several more youth outside of the resource group from various ethnocultural groups in Ottawa and enlisted the support of mindyourmind to co-create two different resources.
The Ethno-Cultural Youth Advisory Committee (EYAC) of the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) of Ottawa, is a peer-to-peer youth engagement committee that has existed since 2009. They focus on providing services and implementing programs that will help newcomer, refugee, second-generation, and racialized youth integrate and navigate more easily into Canada.
YouthSpeak is composed of a team of young people who share their stories and advocate to raise awareness about the challenges that young people face regarding mental health, bullying, addiction and among many other things. This is a great example of how youth can be engaged in advocacy and education. Get to know what YouthSpeak is all about.
For the past six years, CMHO celebrates Children's Mental Health Week with a YouTube video contest called Change the View. Ontario youth are invited to make a short video that shows how we can all take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues like stress, depression, ADHD, bullying and psychosis.
The North York Service Collaborative, a part of the CAMH-led initiative Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC), is responding to gaps in equity in their region through the implementation of Peer Positive Services. Beyond simply engaging people with lived experience, this shift toward Peer Positive Services aims, to ensure that spaces are supportive, equitable and responsive to the participation of young people and their families.