Youth Mental Illness an #UNIGNORABLE issue that belongs to all of us

Today, October 10, 2018, is World Mental Health Day, presenting a canvas for illuminating its impact on youth living in Halton and Hamilton.

Adolescence is a challenging time for many. Changing hormones, pressures from school and peers, social media and leaving home for university, are just some of the pressures teenagers face.  For many teens, these pressures, and others can lead to mental illness if not recognized and managed.

Studies show half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Between 10-20 per cent of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder. In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receive them, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds.

Mental illness affects every part of one’s day and every aspect of one’s life. It can often feel like you are drowning. Every day, United Way Halton and Hamilton challenges the stigma associated with mental illness, and with your support, we can actively make this issue unignorable.

United Way Halton and Hamilton supports agencies who help our youth fight this battle every single day through 60 programs across the region. United Way Halton and Hamilton is proud to offer a child and youth mental health program “Can You See Me?”: a free, customizable awareness program that provides information on child and youth mental health.

If you are interested in running this free program at your company or organization, please contact Ashley Petrie at

Today, and every day, lets stand united against this #unignorable issue.

This past year, United Way Halton and Hamilton supported approximately 200,000 residents through 153 United Way supported programs at 82 supported agencies.

Hear from local residents whose lives have been changed by United Way Halton and Hamilton supported programs

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