ENGAGING YOUTH THROUGH INNOVATIVE AND THOUGHTFUL DIALOGUE
In early 2018, Foundry's online platform, foundrybc.ca, was launched. All content from mindcheck.ca was transitioned to this new platform.
Foundry is a province-wide initiative transforming how young people access health and social services in BC. In collaboration with Foundry, BC Children’s Hospital's Mental Health Literacy team developed this integrated online platform that provides young people, ages 12-24, and their families with a one-stop access point for mental health and well-being, substance use, social support and services, navigation assistance and self-management.
Thank you for this opportunity to create a community-specific resource! We felt it was very beneficial to have the summit planned and implemented at a local level. It also builds our capacity as a planning committee and gives students in the community leadership opportunities.
[I liked] listening to the speakers and youth share their experiences. It really helps me understand how no one is ever alone.
What started as a one-day summit for BC’s youth has evolved into a year-round mental health resource, thanks to funding from The Canucks For Kids Fund.
This year, Balancing Our Mind Summits were held in 7 different communities across BC: Kitimat, Surrey, Parksville, Victoria, Prince George, Ashcroft, and Tofino.
This app is so helpful to help me calm my mind and practice mindfulness throughout the day. Thank you for making this.
Stated that the program empowered them to talk about mental health and raise awareness in their schools and communities.
I love that we can gather as a group of people to share one common goal. While doing the project it encouraged me to actually take care of myself as well.
It opened me up to be an even bigger advocate for those living and working on their mental health!
The Kelty Youth Ambassadors are young people from across the province passionate about raising awareness for mental health and wellness. This year's project focused on self-care. Ambassadors created blog posts, photo collages, poetry, and other creative forms of expression to illustrate how self-care helps them maintain their mental wellness. This content was shared online and compiled into a self-care guidebook for other youth.
Achieving the vision
Youth mental health literacy means that individuals are knowledgeable and comfortable talking about mental health with each other, their families and communities, and they are aware of services available and where to go for help. It also means that they utilize tools and strategies to maintain good mental health. This year several tools were developed and activities undertaken to improve mental health literacy and engage youth and their families.
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