It's not always easy to talk about mental health issues.
resources for advocacy and...
In 2009, Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth launched a new program to develop awareness and understanding of Children’s Mental Health in their local schools. The organization used the Iris the Dragon Book Series and worked with local schools to develop a school wide awareness campaign that culminated in a walk through town to raise awareness.
The walk was named after a similar walk that played out in one of the Iris the Dragon books called “The Brave New Minds Walk.” The walk was a great success and other communities are encouraged to take on this initiative to raise awareness about children’s mental health.
how Lanark community rallied to reduce mental health stigma
Here is the grass-roots initiative and instructions from Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth to organize a rally in your community to reduce stigma:
Instructions to organize a Brave New Minds Walk..
how Niagara came together to raise mental health awareness
Here's where the community-based walk-a-thon for mental health awareness started. Check out Niagara Child and Youth Services Foundation instruction plan!
Niagara's superb plan for a Brave New Minds Walk..
RBC's picks, resources for parents
For parents who are in crisis and struggling to find help, quick access to credible resources can be a lifesaver. RBC canvassed their network of more than 75 partners across Canada who provide programs for children and families, and asked for their best resources for parents
mental illness awareness week in Canada, Oct
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.
The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.
Iris the Dragon has spent years researching the topic of mental health in children. Below are some of the links and resources she has found useful:
how to volunteer
Volunteer Canada represents and advocates volunteerism in Canada. Their site includes resources, information, and a directory of volunteer organizations.
Start by finding a local volunteer centre..
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