Algoma Family Services
We are developing a youth speakers bureau to share our passions with the community.
Children’s mental health awareness week is happening in May and we are planning an awareness campaign in our schools and the community.
We are developing a mental health manual to educate adults, who work with us, about mental health issues and how we can better be supported, especially in the classroom (we have applied for funding from Dare2Dream for this project).
Healthy Bodies; Healthy Minds is a program project we hope to start soon (provided we receive funding from Dare2Dream) that connects physical and mental health together to emphasise the importance of balance.
We are also planning a photo voice/ art initiative to support International Day against Homophobia.
In January 2014, Younion, the New Mentality Group at Algoma Family Services, hosted a special event for ‘Blue Monday.’ Here is their recap:
Blue Monday falls on the third Monday in January and is said to be the most depressing day due to a variety of factors including the short days, January weather, debt from the holidays and amount of time until the next break from school or work. Our group wanted to emphasize the importance of maintaining positive mental health on the most depressing day of the year.
We incorporated an awareness campaign and a fundraising aspect to get the word out about what mental health is, why it is important, how we can maintain our positive mental health and how we can break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Our group gave presentations in our schools, had all the students wearing blue and put on blue bake sales to attract people to our information tables. It was a fantastic event!