Child and Youth Mental Health Week is May 3 to 9, 2015. 1 in 5 children and youth face various mental health concerns. The Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) works to create positive and inclusive learning environments that provide mental health and wellness and maximize learning outcomes. The week is designed to promote positive mental health, increase awareness of signs of child and youth mental health problems and available treatment options, and decrease the stigma associated with mental health.
Mental illnesses can take many forms, just as physical illnesses do. Mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people, but the fear will disappear as people learn more about them. If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness, there is good news: all mental illnesses can be treated – https://mentalhealthweek.cmha.ca/
This year Mental Health Leads’ from the AMDSB, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board (HPCDSB) and the Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth have partnered together to inspire schools to be part of the solution for children and youth who struggle with mental health issues. Schools across the district will be participating in various activities to highlight the week.
Music and Art for Mental Health
The Music and Art for Mental Health event will feature local youth acts and talents from across the district. All proceeds raised will go to the Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth. This fundraiser will be held on Thursday May 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie Street, Stratford.
To learn more about Mental Health and Wellness or Mental Health week visit the Canadian Mental Health Association.