We are happy to share with you information about The Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health that was launched today at the University of Toronto, Canada. Please sign onto their coalition and spread social media messages of awareness and support. Go to their website for more information: http://www.ymentalhealth.org.
The Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health Launches in Canada to Prioritize Mental Health Around the World
Coalition Asks Organizations and Youth to Spread Social Media Messages of Awareness and Support
September 12, 2017 – Toronto, Canada – Launched today at an event during the first week of classes at the University of Toronto, the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health will engage the mental health community to amplify the many voices advocating for youth mental health worldwide. The Coalition is an inclusive, youth-inspired initiative that asks leading mental health organizations, young people experiencing mental illness, and their communities to share the Coalition’s and its partners’ supportive social media messages, empowering young leaders to be mental health advocates. The Coalition was developed by a Steering Committee with members from Jack.org, the University of Toronto, iFred, batyr, and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.
“It is critical to engage youth in mental health efforts, because the majority of these conditions manifest by the age of 24,” said Janine Robb, Executive Director, Health and Wellness, University of Toronto. “The Coalition invites mental health organizations, advocates, and individuals to join us and share messages that reach people during this pivotal time when they are beginning to build independent lives and careers. We are engaging mental health organizations in Canada and around the globe to join a community that will amplify constructive social media voices and share resources for young people.”
Beginning at the launch, the Coalition asks organizations, advocates, and individuals to share positive social media messages using the hashtag, #195forMentalHealth. The hashtag represents the question: what if all 195 countries prioritized youth mental health? The campaign will focus on helping its member organizations amplify each other’s social voices and activate the voice of young people across the world, initially in Canada and advancing to include other countries. By doing so, the Coalition hopes to create a groundswell that global leaders cannot ignore, prompting a much-needed focus on youth mental health.