In This Together
During these challenging times, it’s important to recognize and address the disproportionate impact on the mental health of marginalized youth, including members of our BIPOC, newcomer, disability, and LGBTQ2S communities. “In This Together” seeks to let young people know that they’re not alone. The campaign aims to amplify the voices of young people, raise awareness of service gaps, and connect each other to key support systems. We aim to create conversations between young people and decision makers to inspire action: the establishment of a national post-pandemic mental health recovery plan.
Support collaborative community efforts to ensure that mental health among marginalized youth is prioritized during and after the pandemic.
Raise awareness on COVID-19’s impact on the mental health of marginalized youth while learning more about the service gaps they face.
Promote accessibility of mental health care for marginalized youth
Highlight the importance of early intervention as a stepped-care approach for mental health care during the pandemic.
Create a multi-sector, multi-service post-pandemic mental health recovery plan for Canada that is inclusive to marginalized youth.
Call to action
We ask elected leaders of Canada to:
Immediately work towards ensuring access to early intervention and a stepped-care type model for mental health care services as recommended by the CAMH (Policy paper July 2020).
Establish a Post-Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan and ensure the wellbeing of marginalized young people is prioritized.
Ensure the recovery plan involves collaboration between governments, ministries, and sectors, and places a great priority on funding and supporting grassroots and community-based services.
Work collaboratively with young people to ensure the plan is informed by and co-created with young people.
Identify specific, measurable, and achievable goals and a clear outline of actionable steps and timelines to ensure the successful implementation of the recovery plan.