Bringing Canadians together to better support teen mental health.

  • Every year an estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness.

  • Only 25% of Canadian children and youth facing mental health problems receive appropriate treatment.

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

  • 90% of teens who die by suicide have an underlying mental health problem.

  • 1 in 7 young Canadians have reported having suicidal thoughts at some point in their life.

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

Today’s young people live in a complicated world and face many challenges. While the topic of mental health has become less taboo over the years, it remains a public health crisis rivalling other issues such as cancer and diabetes.

This issue is real and directly affects teens. Many teens are reluctant to go to their parents if facing mental health issues despite their parents and caregivers being a critical source of support.

  • In a poll with young people contacting Kids Help Phone, half said they would turn to a friend if facing mental health problems, with mom a distant second at 30%. 20% would not share their pain with anyone.
  • Although many parents acknowledge the importance of mental health, few are taking the most fundamental step: talking about mental health at home.

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 teen mental health
  • Greater understanding, acceptance and support for young people living with a mental health problem or illness
  • Increased access to teen mental health services, treatment and support

Through Right By You, we aim to provide parents and caregivers with practical tools and guidance to help have more impactful conversations with their teen and support their teen’s mental well-being.

  • What is Right By You?

    Right By You is an initiative originally developed by Partners for Mental Health, now powered by Jack.org

    Jack.org starts mental health conversations through peer-to-peer programming like Jack Talks. To start a conversation with the young people in your community, visit jack.org/talks.

  • What organization is behind the Right By You initiative?

    The campaign is brought to you by jack.org, Canada’s only not-for-profit that trains and empowers young people to revolutionize mental health. We do this through Jack Talks, Jack Chapters, and Jack Summits, and operate in every province and territory across Canada.

  • What are mental 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 challenges 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 youth mental illness and mental health.

  • What are some of the major challenges teens are facing that contribute to their mental health?

    Adolescence is a time of dramatic change and transitions. It can be a very turbulent and difficult time, even for a well-adjusted teen. Their brains and bodies are also developing. Teens often feel pressure to succeed at school, at home and in social groups, which can affect their mental health. At the same time, they may lack the life experience to know difficult situations will not last forever. In fact, most mental health problems start in childhood or adolescence.

  • What are the warning signs of suicide?

    Please visit suicideprevention.ca to learn of the warning signs of suicide and obtain other valuable information about suicide. You can also check out our Guide to learn more about signs and symptoms.

  • I am, 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 Jack.org does not provide mental health services or counselling.

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

    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 resources provided are not a complete list and are not endorsed by Jack.org. Use of these resources should not replace a professional diagnosis by a health care practitioner.

  • How is Jack.org funded?

    Jack.org is a national charity accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. Our mental health movement is fuelled by the energy and generosity of corporate sponsors and individuals. Join the movement by donating, fundraising, or getting loud.

  • Does Jack.org provide mental health services?

    Jack.org is not a provider of mental health services but instead trains young leaders to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. We envision a Canada where every young person is comfortable reaching out for the help they need and gets the help they deserve.

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