Change The View is an annual contest held by Children’s Mental Health Ontario where Youth are invited to submit videos intended to help take the stigma out of having mental health issues.
Approximately one in five children and youth in Ontario has a mental health challenge. About 70% of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. That’s why early identification and intervention is so critical and can lead to improved achievement in school and better health outcomes in life.
The most common mental health issues for children and youth are:
Ontario is investing in a Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy that puts kids first.
Learn more about mental health issues facing children and youth via Children’s Mental Health Ontario.
Kids Help Phone offers direct support to children and youth in need. 1-800-668-6868. They also have a number of educational resources and tools designed specifically for kids who need help.
The Canadian Mental Health Association has lots of information for parents and youth seeking to better understand mental health issues:
Watch these videos featuring Dr. Ian Manion, Executive Director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Recognizing the behaviours
Getting help for kids
Resources on Youthconnect.ca