Evergreen Framework: Child and Youth Mental Health Framework for Canada

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The Evergreen Framework is a project of the Child and Youth Advisory Council of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Evergreen is designed to help addresses the mental health needs of young people by creating a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada. It will function as a blueprint to outline strategies and actions to improve mental health care, promote mental health, and maximize the potential of every infant, child and youth living in Canada.

The Evergreen Framework is being developed by several teams of dedicated individuals from across Canada and around the world who have expertise (professional and lived experience) in child and youth health.

We need your help to build this framework. Please participate in our public consultation process and share your ideas about child and youth mental health in Canada.

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Evergreen Framework: Child and Youth Mental Health Framework for Canada

  1. 1. What is Evergreen?
  2. 2. Did you know… •1 in 5 Canadian youth experience some kind of mental health disorder •Most major mental health disorders begin before the age of 25 •Canada doesn’t yet have a national plan for child & youth mental health
  3. 3. What is Mental Health… • It’s the capacity to adapt to life and what happens to you. • It involves how you think, feel and believe. • Good mental health means that you can: • Feel good and bad feelings • You can learn well • You get along well at school or work • You can get along well with friends and family • People can have problems with mental health. Sometimes these problems can be serious ones (called disorders) like anxiety, depression, ADHD.
  4. 4. The Evergreen Framework is… • a project of the Child and Youth Advisory Council of the Mental Health Commission of Canada www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
  5. 5. What is the Evergreen Framework? • It’s a blueprint that outlines strategies and actions to improve mental health care and promote mental health (Image compliments of Suat Eman/Free Digital Photos.net)
  6. 6. We need the best people to help build Evergreen…
  7. 7. That includes.. YOU, your family, your friends, and people in your community! We need your ideas about what you think might help… • Promote mental health • Prevent mental health problems or disorders • Improve mental health care …for all young people living in Canada.
  8. 8. Share your ideas about child and youth mental health in Canada by taking our survey… (open from now until the end of March 2010) Click here to help build Evergreen (in English) Click here to help build Evergreen (in French)
  9. 9. Thank you for making a difference!

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