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Every year, an estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness.
Risk Analytica/Mental Health Commission of Canada 2011 Impact Study
70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood and teen years.
Government of Canada. (2006). The human face of mental health and mental illness in Canada
Young people (aged 15-24) are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
Pearson, Janz and Ali (2013). Health at a glance: Mental and substance use disorders in Canada. Statistics Canada Catalogue no.82-624-X
Only 25% of Canadian children and youth facing mental health problems receive appropriate treatment.
Waddell C, Offord DR, Shepherd CA, Hua JM, McEwan K. (2002). Child Psychiatric Epidemiology and Canadian Public Policy-Making: The State of the Science and the Art of the Possible. Can J Psychiatry, 47(9), 825-832
Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death among youth.
Navaneelan, T. Statistics Canada – Catalogue no. 82-624-X. Suicide rates: An overview. July 2012
For 90% of teens who die by suicide, there is an underlying mental health problem.
Arsenault-Lapierre G, Kim C, Turecki G. BMC Psychiatry 2004, 4:37 doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-4-37
One in seven young Canadians have reported having suicidal thoughts at some point in their life.
Statistics Canada, 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health
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.
2012 Leger Marketing Survey
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DATE OF LAST REVISION: SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
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These terms and conditions apply to your use of the Partners for Mental Health Websites, which include www.partnersformh.ca and/or www.rightbyyou.ca and/or www.notmyselftoday.ca and/or www.callbs.ca and any other website you have accessed and to which these General Terms apply (“Websites”). As used herein, the terms “you”, “your” and “yours” refer to the user or registered user using the Website(s). References to “Partners for Mental Health”, “we”, or “ours” refers to PFMH Partners for Mental Health/PPSM Partenaires pour la santé mentale and its employees, directors and officers. Your continued use of our Website indicates to Partners for Mental Health that you agree with these General Terms and Conditions (“General Terms”). We may change these General Terms from time to time, so please check back regularly. Any changes will be indicated on the Websites.
Content created by Partners for Mental Health – Partners for Mental Health owns, licences, or has permission from third parties (“Third Parties”) to use, all of the trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property on the Websites, as well as all other content on our Websites (referred to as “Content”, which includes all text, graphics, content, video, audio and the selection and arrangement of the Websites) that exists in our Websites, other than User Generated Content. You must not copy or reproduce in any form any of the graphics, logos or other Content on our Websites unless you have our express written permission.
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Keeping our Website safe – We need your help to keep our Websites safe. Therefore, you must adhere to the following when using the Websites:
You may not gather, extract, reproduce and/or display on any other non-Partners for Mental Health website or other online service, any material on or from the Websites including other users data or content, whether or not by the use of spiders or other ‘screen scraping’ software or system used to extract data;
You must not upload viruses or other malicious code to the Websites;
You must not bully, intimidate or harass anyone;
You must not post any User Content that infringes or violates someone else’s rights, or otherwise violates the law, or that is hateful, threatening, pornographic or violent.
You must abide by our community guidelines when engaging with the Websites and/or submitting any User Content.
In addition, you agree that you will not submit as part of any User Content any material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner and the necessary consents from any individuals whose personally identifiable information is contained in such material to post the material and to grant Partners for Mental Health all the license rights granted herein.
Partners for Mental Health does not endorse any User Content or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed therein. You understand that by using or viewing the Websites, you may be exposed to content including User Content of other users that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Partners for Mental Health expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with any User Content submitted by others.
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Accuracy of Content
While the Content on the Websites is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information. The Content may change without notice and Partners for Mental Health is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information from the Websites printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.
The Websites are not intended for use by children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, you must immediately discontinue use of the Websites.
Links to third-party sites
The Content contained in the Websites may include links to websites owned or operated by other entities which are not associated or affiliated with Partners for Mental Health and that are neither endorsed nor supported by Partners for Mental Health, and do not necessarily reflect any policies, procedures, standards or guidelines of Partners for Mental Health.
Partners for Mental Health takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of any information included in the Websites provided by third parties to the partnersformh.ca, rightbyyou.ca, notmyselftoday.ca, and callbs.ca Websites, nor for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of links or references to information sources (including Internet sites) outside of the Websites.
Links to other Internet sites are for information only. Care has been taken in providing these links as suitable reference resources. However, due to the changing nature of the Internet content, it is the responsibility of the users to make their own investigations, decisions, enquiries about the information retrieved from other Internet Sites. Providing these links does not imply any endorsement, non-endorsement, support or commercial gain by Partners for Mental Health.
Account and Passwords – In order to access some features of the Websites, you may have to or have the option to create an account. You may not use another's account without permission. When creating your account, you must provide accurate and complete information. By creating an account, you represent and warrant that the information you provide is true and that you will keep it up to date.
Your Website account may be accessed only by use of your login name and password. You are solely responsible and liable for any use and misuse of your login name and password and for all activities that occur under your login name and password. For security reasons, you must keep your login name and password confidential and not disclose them to any person or permit any other person to use them, except an authorized representative of Partners for Mental Health.
All login names and passwords remain the property of Partners for Mental Health, and may be cancelled or suspended at any time by Partners for Mental Health without any notice or liability to you or any other person. Partners for Mental Health is not under any obligation to verify the actual identity or authority of the user of any login name or password.
You must immediately notify Partners for Mental Health of any unauthorized use of your login name or password, or if you know or suspect that your login name or password has been lost or stolen, has become known to any other person, or has been otherwise compromised.
Although Partners for Mental Health will not be liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable for the losses of Partners for Mental Health or others due to such unauthorized use.
Refunds – Partners for Mental Health is happy to refund your donation if you have made it in error. If you wish to request a refund then please contact us using the contact details in the Contact Us section of the Partners for Mental Health Websites.
Complaints – Partners for Mental Health is committed to fairness in responding to complaints as outlined in our Complaints Management Policy.
Partners for Mental Health’s rights – Partners for Mental Health does not regularly review posted User Content, however, in its sole discretion, in addition to any other rights or remedies available to Partners for Mental Health and without any liability whatsoever, Partners for Mental Health may at any time and without notice remove or edit any User Content posted by you, or prevent access by you to any of our Websites if you do not comply with these General Terms. Any failure by Partners for Mental Health to enforce our rights under these General Terms if you do not comply is not a waiver and we remain entitled to enforce our rights in relation to that or any other non-compliance by you.
Liability Disclaimer - Except as explicitly provided in these General Terms as amended from time to time, Partners for Mental Health and the Third Parties make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, regarding the Websites and/or any Content provided on the Websites. Partners for Mental Health and the Third Parties do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, currency, reliability or suitability of the operation of the Websites or any of the Content found on the Websites.
Partners for Mental Health and the Third Parties are not responsible for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, misdirected or stolen messages or mail, unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions, on-line failures, hardware, software or other technical malfunctions or disturbances or any other communications failures or circumstances affecting, disrupting or corruption communications.
Partners for Mental Health assumes no responsibility, and will not be liable for, any damages to, or any viruses affecting your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing on the Websites or your downloading of any Content from the Websites.
While Partners for Mental Health endeavours to ensure that the Websites are available at all times, Partners for Mental Health will not be liable if, for any reason, the Websites are unavailable at any time or for any period.
In no event will Partners for Mental Health be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damage, or any special, exemplary, punitive, direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages of any kind (including, but not limited to economic loss, lost profits or lost savings), whether based in contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise, which arises out of or is in any way connected with any use of the Websites or their Content, the operation of the Websites or any failure or delay in the operation of the Websites, even if advised of the possibility of damages.
Survival – The provisions that follow “Liability Disclaimer” will survive the termination of your access to the Websites.
Entities and governing law– these General Terms form an agreement between you and Partners for Mental Health, subject to the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein. You consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in the City of Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario, Canada, in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Websites and these General Terms.
DATE OF LAST REVISION: SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
As used herein, the terms “you”, “your” and “yours” refer to the user or registered user using any of the Websites. References to “Partners for Mental Health”, “we”, or “ours” refers to PFMH Partners for Mental Health/PPSM Partenaires pour la santé mentale and its employees, directors and officers.
Please note that links to other websites are provided for your convenience and Partners for Mental Health is not responsible for their privacy practices.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
“Personal Information” is any information, recorded in any form, about an identifiable individual or an individual whose identity may be inferred or determined from such information, such as name, address, date of birth, credit card information, banking information. Personal Information does not include an individual’s business title or business contact or information that cannot be associated with or tracked back to a specific individual. Information that is publicly available, such as a telephone book listing, is not considered to be Personal Information.
The Websites are not intended for use by children under the age of 13. Partners for Mental Health does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, you must immediately discontinue use of the Websites.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY PARTNERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH COLLECT?
You may provide Personal Information to Partners for Mental Health to receive information, to make a donation, to share your story and/or to receive information about or become involved in campaigns, events or other initiatives undertaken by Partners for Mental Health. This information may include details such as:
Contact and identification information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address)
Donation information (date of gift, amount of gift, the campaign you contributed to).
Financial information (payment methods and preferences, billing and banking information, credit card number and expiry date or chequing account transit numbers to process your donation).
The choice of how much information you provide to Partners for Mental Health is yours, however, if you want to make a donation or participate in specific Partners for Mental Health programs and events, Partners for Mental Health will require certain information from you.
HOW DOES PARTNERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Partners for Mental Health collects Personal Information only with your consent, and uses and discloses that Personal Information for purposes identified to you. If that purpose is not listed below, we will do this before or at the time the Personal Information is actually being collected.
Partners for Mental Health uses your Personal Information for the following purposes to which you will be deemed to consent:
to communicate with you generally,
to keep you informed about our campaigns and activities,
to respond to requests for information,
to process donations and event registrations, and
Collection, use and disclosure of such Personal Information is only for the purposes as indicated at the time of collection, or for any further purposes to which you consent including those above, or otherwise as required or permitted by law. Personal Information may also be used for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances (for example, if you have demonstrated an interest in participating in fundraising events, then we may send you information on a local fundraising event in your area).
WE LIMIT DISCLOSURE AND RETENTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Partners for Mental Health does not disclose Personal Information to any organization or person for any reason except for the functions and services relating to the purpose for which you have provided. Personal Information may be stored and/or processed by third party external service providers who may be located outside of Canada. When we contract external services providers, we may provide them with your Personal Information, but only insofar as it allows them to fulfill that contract (such as for a marketing mail out). You expressly consent to such uses of your Personal Information.
Partners for Mental Health will obtain your express consent (by verbal, written or electronic agreement) to collect, use or disclose your Personal Information for any other purpose.
You can change your consent preferences at any time by contacting Partners for Mental Health by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners for Mental Health retains your Personal Information only as long as it is required for our relationship or as required by federal and provincial laws.
Partners for Mental Health only posts your User Content submission to the Websites; we do not post any Personal Information that we may collect from you.
ACCESS TO AND ACCURACY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Partners for Mental Health aims to ensure that any Personal Information provided is accurate as provided, complete and current as required for the purposes for which the information is used; however, it is your responsibility to ensure that Personal Information you provide to us is accurate.
Access to Personal Information
You may request access to your Personal Information collected through the Websites at any time by sending an email to email@example.com. However, there may be some legal or administrative reason why access is denied or amendment refused. If this is so, we will provide you with the reason why.
Correction of personal information
If you believe any of your Personal Information held by Partners for Mental Health is not accurate, complete or up-to-date, Partners for Mental Health will take reasonable steps to correct the information. To request that your personal information be corrected or updated, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
Partners for Mental Health takes reasonable steps to ensure the security of all Personal Information it collects, including that the information is protected from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. For example, your Personal Information is maintained in a secure environment, which can be accessed only by authorized personnel. However, no data transmission over the internet or information stored on servers accessible through the internet can be guaranteed to be fully secure. Note that Partners for Mental Health does not store credit card information.
WE LIMIT COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Partners for Mental Health collects only the information required to fulfill the stated purpose. Partners for Mental Health will collect Personal Information only by clear, fair and lawful means.
We receive and store any information you enter on our Websites or give us in any other way except credit card information. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features.
the name of the domain from which you accessed the internet
the date and time you accessed our Websites
the internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Websites
the pages you accessed while visiting our Websites
This information does not in itself identify individuals and is used to measure the number of visitors to our site and how it was navigated. Partners for Mental Health may use this information to enhance the Partners for Mental Health Websites.
Partners for Mental Health
151 Slater Street, Suite 1110
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H3
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