Youth-Led Policy

yac-with-minister-coteauThe New Mentality works to amplify youth voice on a provincial level to create systemic change in the mental health system and improve the practice of youth engagement.

Through our provincial Youth Action Committee (YAC), we support young people in identifying major issues facing youth in Ontario who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and engage our network to find out how we can solve these complex issues. Following province-wide youth consultations, the YAC works together to report on its findings and generate youth-led policy recommendations to stakeholders who are responsible for change. Since 2013, the YAC has released three groundbreaking reports addressing the reactive nature of the mental health system (From Crisis to Quality), service wait times in Ontario (Waiting for Change), and mental wellness in the school system (Speak Up Speak Out).