About the Right By You Campaign

Bringing Canadians together to better support youth mental health.

  • Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death among youth.

  • Every year we lose 762 young Canadians to suicide.

  • We lose 2 young Canadians each day to suicide.

  • As many as 173,000 young people will try to take their own lives.

  • 1 in 5 youth (aged 9 to 19) have a
    mental health problem or illness.

  • 70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood and teen years.

  • 3 out of 4 children and youth with a mental health problem or illness will not receive treatment.

  • Over 20% of children with diagnosed mental health issues wait more than a year for treatment.

  • Almost 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental illness.

  • 23% of all deaths for youth aged 15 to 19 can be accounted for by suicide.

  • As many as 8% of youth may
    attempt suicide.

The Right By You campaign was created by Partners for Mental Health to improve mental health and prevent suicide among youth, by mobilizing and engaging Canadians to help drive fundamental changes that result in:

  • Increased awareness and attention toward youth mental health
  • Greater understanding, acceptance and support for young people living with a mental health problem or illness
  • Increased access to, and funding for, youth mental health services, treatment and support

We are specifically calling on the federal government to invest in a newly created National Youth Suicide Prevention Fund to support a community based approach to youth suicide prevention.

  • How can I get involved in the Right By You campaign?

    There are plenty of ways for you to get involved, no matter where you live.

    Get started by getting the Guide, a resource for parents to support youth mental health and prevent suicide.

    It will also be important that our elected officials hear directly from you and others on this issue. Send a letter to your Member of Parliament (MP) asking for the government to invest in a newly created National Youth Suicide Prevention Fund to support youth mental health. Use the online tool and we will print and mail your letter.

    If you would like to meet with your MP directly – please contact us at info@partnersformh.ca so that we can provide you with tools and resources.

    Finally, raise awareness of the issue and encourage others to take part by promoting the campaign using our community toolkit.

  • I or someone I know is feeling suicidal, or experiencing a mental health problem or illness. Where do I get help?

    If you are in crisis and need help immediately – please call 911 now or visit your local emergency department.  Additional information can be found within the Find Help section of this website. Please note that Partners for Mental Health does not provide mental health services or counselling.

  • What are mental health problems and illnesses?

    Mental illnesses are disturbances in patterns of thoughts, feelings and perceptions that are significant enough to affect how someone lives their life, each day.

    They cause changes in a person's thinking, emotional state and behaviour and can disrupt the person's ability to go to school, work and/or deal with their usual personal relationships.

    There are many different kinds of mental illnesses. They range from more common problems such as anxiety and depression to less common conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

    It is important to recognize that the symptoms of mental illnesses are not static and can be a one-time event or cause episodes over many years.

    Check out our Guide to learn more about mental illness and mental health.

  • What are the warning signs and risk factors of suicide?

    Check out our Guide to learn more about the warning signs of suicide. You can also visit suicideprevention.ca/preventing/warning-signs for more information.

  • Where can I find out more information about suicide prevention and mental health?

    There are many resources available, including some listed in the Find Help section of this site or provided within the Guide.  Please note however that the resources provided are not a complete listing and are not necessarily endorsed by Partners for Mental Health. Use of these resources should not replace a professional diagnosis by a health care practitioner.

  • What is the organization behind the Right By You campaign?

    The campaign is brought to you by Partners for Mental Health a national charitable organization dedicated to transforming the way Canadians think about, act towards and support mental health and people living with a mental illness. Learn more.

  • Why does Partners for Mental Health exist?

    If we look to the communities of people affected by other illnesses or diseases (e.g. cancer, AIDS) that have been successful in creating real change (e.g. generating more funds, influencing government and private-sector policy and funding), we see that their success has come about as a result of a large, active movement. The time has come to rally Canadians across the country in order to achieve similar successes and support for the mental health cause. The role of Partners for Mental Health is to help accelerate this social movement across the country by creating opportunities for people to take action that results in change that can make a real difference in people’s lives.

  • How is Partners for Mental Health funded?

    Partners for Mental Health is a national charitable organization accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. We do not receive any funding from the government. As such, Partners for Mental Health depends on the generosity and support of corporate sponsors and from individuals. We welcome your donation.

  • What does Partners for Mental Health do?
    • Through partnerships, public engagement and strategic initiatives, Partners for Mental Health seeks to transform the way Canadians think about, act towards and support mental health and people living with a mental illness.
    • A national charity accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, Partners for Mental Health aims to improve mental health in Canada by mobilizing and engaging Canadians to drive fundamental changes that result in:
    • Increased awareness and attention toward one’s own mental health
    • Greater understanding, acceptance and support for people living with a mental health problem or illness
    • Increased access to mental health services, treatment and support
    • Better workplace policies
    • More funding for programs and services
  • Does Partners for Mental Health provide mental health services?

    Partners for Mental Health is not a provider of mental health services but instead focuses on mobilizing and engaging the public to support mental health and those living with mental illness, and to effect social and systemic change to improve mental health in Canada.

  • How can I volunteer with Partners for Mental Health?

    We are always looking for new volunteers! Check out our ongoing volunteer opportunities at partnersformh.ca.

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