Youth with lived mental health experience sought for national Youth Council

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  • a family caregiver,
  • a new Canadian,
  • someone who hails from a diverse ethnic background
  • First Nations/Inuit/Métis
  • a resident of northern Canada
  • LGBTQ2S
  • with a diverse educational and linguistic background
  • in care?

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is looking for youth aged 18-25 of diverse background/sexuality with lived experience of mental health issues to sit on a youth council and help inform and improve the country’s mental health care system.

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The Youth Council’s main goals are to:

  • advocate on behalf of young people with mental health problems
  • engage other local, provincial, and national youth mental health networks
  • participate in projects arising from MHCC initiatives
  • represent the youth voice at MHCC events
  • participate in public events to promote recovery and inspire other youth

The Youth Council aims to increase youth participation in decisions related to mental health service delivery and policy making and increase the impact of youth involvement in system change.

The deadline to apply is January 13.

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Background:

The MHCC’s Youth Council is an inclusive, safe space that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We are looking for youth who have lived experience with mental illness, or who have experienced the mental health system through a family member or friend.

New members of the Youth Council must commit to a 36-month term and will be at least 18 years old, but no older than 25, at the start of their term.

Members will be asked to participate in various MHCC projects in order to provide youth representation and perspectives. The Youth Council, for example, recently developed a youth-focused version of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Entitled The Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective, this project helps to advance system change recommendations as viewed by young people across Canada.

Participation on the Youth Council involves travelling to two national, face-to-face meetings per year and corresponding via email or teleconference with other members and MHCC staff. An honorarium will be provided to Youth Council members. All expenses related to participation in the Youth Council, including travel and accommodations to attend meetings, are paid for by the MHCC.

 

Images from the Mental Health Strategy: A Youth Perspective 2016.

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