Social Innovation Funding Announcement

September 22, 2014

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