With suicide being a leading cause of death among young Canadians, it's clear that more needs to be done to get youth the help they need.
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; the average delay is 12 months.
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
The Right By You campaign asks Canadians to speak out and stand up for change. We want to rally thousands of people to raise their voices and declare to government that this is an issue that can no longer be ignored and that greater support and funding is necessary in order to prevent tragedies like suicide.
Specifically, we are calling on the provincial and territorial governments to make mental health-related services, treatment and support available to all children and youth, not just to those whose families can afford to pay for them. Further, we ask that the federal government create a
$100-million national suicide prevention fund.
There are plenty of ways for you to get involved, no matter where you live. It can be as simple or involved as you want. Get started by signing the petition and calling upon government for more funding and support for mental health-related services, treatment and support for children and youth, as well as suicide prevention initiatives.
Encourage others to take part by promoting the campaign within your community.
It will also be important that government officials hear directly from you and others on this issue. From sending an email or letter, to tweeting or posting a message of support on your local politician’s Facebook page, to meeting face-to-face with your local politician – it all will help make change happen.
The campaign launched October 2013 and will run until spring 2014. We will continue to build on the momentum created with this campaign into future years.
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 mental illness. Learn more.
If you are in crisis and need help immediately – please visit your local emergency department or call 911 now.
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.
Check out our Resource Guide to learn more about mental health and mental illness.
There are many resources available in the mental health field, including some that you can find in the Find Help section. You can also find more in our Resource 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.
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.
Partners for Mental Health is a national charitable organization. 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.
Partners for Mental Health is a national charitable organization focused on awareness, education and public engagement. Partners for Mental Health introduces innovative campaigns that focus on prompt action to help transform the mental health system in Canada. The organization advocates for mental health and inspires change by giving people different avenues and opportunities for involvement. Through its campaigns, Partners for Mental Health aims to spark conversations and activity around mental health and empower people to play an active role in improving mental health services in Canada.
Partners for Mental Health is not a provider of mental health services but instead focuses on mobilizing the public to support mental health, and effect social and systemic change that will lead to monumental change.