Social Innovation Funding Announcement

The New Mentality is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to embark on a two-year social innovation project. The New Mentality has grown steadily as a network over its 7 years. As The New Mentality continues to grow, this funding will support us to:

  • Evaluate our current activities in terms of impact on agency practices, policies, and individual mental health outcomes.
  • Test and implement new approaches to supporting youth engagement in more communities across Ontario.
  • Develop a new business model to support an expanded presence of the New Mentality across Ontario.

About The New Mentality

The New Mentality is a network of youth facilitated groups from across Ontario who work with partner agencies in their communities to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Each group has dedicated youth and adult allies who work together on projects throughout the year to promote meaningful engagement by empowering youth to concentrate on the work they are most passionate about. We work to foster youth voice to influence change within the mental health system and beyond. The New Mentality is a program of Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

About the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation engages Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient society. For more information about the McConnell Social Innovation Fund, visit

Rethinq Reality Video Challenge

What is your vision for mental health in your community?

Record a short video of you sharing your vision for mental health in your community. Tell us: What is your vision for mental health in your community?

Videos are not being judged and elaborate production is not necessary just be yourself! Record yourself on your webcam or smartphone and send it our way, we want your voice, the simpler the better!

About Rethinq Reality!

The New Mentality is a network of youth-led groups operating in partnership with children’s mental health centres across the province. Our goal is to raise mental health awareness, decrease stigma towards mental illness, and support healthy communities.

We’re always looking for different ways for youth voice to help shape our work, and ultimately the mental health system. Rethinq Reality is an opportunity for youth from across Ontario to share their vision of Mental Health.


Maximum 2 minutes
Open to youth age 13-25
Videos must be original and not infringe on copy right laws
Videos must not contain violence, substance abuse, self harm, or depictions of suicideBy submitting a video, participants give Children’s Mental Health Ontario the right to use the video in both The New Mentality and CMHO media, including but not limited to websites, reports, bulletins, and videos.

If you have questions or need help submitting your video, contact