The purpose of this project is to increase mental awareness and the mental literacy level of adults to enable them identify adolescent who need help and to refer them and their loved ones to appropriate providers. The rationale: Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14; Treatment works, but there are long delays between onset and treatment; Untreated mental disorder can lead to a more severe, more difficult to treat illness and additional co-occurring mental disorders; and 75% of mental illnesses appear by the age of 24, yet less than half of children with diagnosable mental illness receive treatment.
Program objectives include the following:
Increasing the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents or transition-aged youth.
· Increasing the capacity of adults within communities to respond to the behavioural health issues of adolescents or transition-aged youth.
· Conducting outreach and engagement strategies with adolescents or transition-aged youth and their families or caregivers to increase awareness of and promote positive behavioural health.
· Linking adolescents or transition-aged youth with behavioural health issues to mental, emotional, and behavioural health assistance and services.
is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbours, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help Children (age 6 -18) who are experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or in crisis.