Inspiring conversations. Raising awareness. Transforming youth mental health.
A new education series designed to start open, informal conversations with youth on mental wellness and mental health problems.
Whether it is about depression, anxiety, substance abuse, the goal is to break down barriers of silence and get youth talking.
Students attending Is It Just Me? will hear personal stories about mental illness, sound clinical information and get a fascinating glimpse into their own minds.
"The work being done to inform, educate and give hope to teens is so fantastic! I’m very impressed with this kind of outreach."They hear from:
- A neuroscientist who shows brain scans of various subjects, both healthy and depressed, clearly conveying the connection between our brain function and our moods and behaviours as well as how excessive drinking causes irreparable damage to the brain, and conversely, how a healthy life style supports brain health;
- A psychologist who impresses on students that mental health is parallel to physical health, and how crucial it is to reach out to a trusted adult when they or their friends need help;
- An addiction counselor who speaks to alcohol and drug use and its impact on youth today, tomorrow and future;
- Young adults living with mental illness who help break down the barriers of silence and give students real stories of hope centering on coping methods and treatment; and
A quick demonstration of some resiliency techniques that help reduce stress, improve connections between the neurons, helps with concentration and performance.
Mental health is worth talking about. Join in the conversation.
Auditorium, The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa K1Z7K4