The Problem

Obviously, mental health affects us all. The problem is that too many youth are struggling and they don’t have the education, tools, or support they need to cope. As a result, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth.

The unfortunate reality is that the current system in place is failing today’s youth. Mental health care is not covered and people must pay out of pocket. Wait times can be up to a year, and there is limited access to mental health professionals. Consequently, only 1 in 5 youth with a mental illness receives mental health care, and 1 in 3 of these individuals find the help to be inadequate.

The current approach to mental health care is not working and this problem is not going away. In fact, it only seems to be growing. This is unacceptable. We need to do better.

It starts here. 

The #s.

The Solution.

Like with most things in life, there are three steps to solving this problem. 

First, let’s tackle the SCIENCE of mental illness. We need better education about the topic and much better mental health literacy. This starts in the school system, and continues in the media that young people are immersed in more and more each day. 

Second, we need to end the STIGMA associated with having a mental illness. It needs to be understood that it is biochemistry, not weakness, that leads to these illnesses. We need to talk about it more and feel comfortable doing so. Reaching out for help should be the norm, just like going to the doctor or dentist when we have a physical illness. 

Third, and perhaps most importantly, we need to provide young people with the SUPPORT they need, whether or not they have a mental illness. We all have mental health and should all have equal and fair access to the resources and tools needed to cope with the everyday stresses of life and the unfortunate realities of mental illness. We’re talking about affordable (or free) mental health care without the wait times and BS (bad stuff). 

To summarize: 
Science. Stigma. Support.

The Plan.

Your Move.

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