Within the past five years, the topic of mental health has been pushed to the top of our minds. 10 – 20% of Canadian youth have or will experience a mental health issue. Only 1 in 5 will receive the support they need. Movements such as the Jack Project, and Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk campaign aim to open up discussion about mental health and mental illness. At the level of public policy, the Ontario Government recently released an update on its Comprehensive Strategy on Addictions and Mental Health.
Do these movements and public policies increase access to mental health services for the children and youth who need it most?
If you or a young person are looking for help, consider calling:
Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)
TeleHealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000)
Norma Nicholson is a Published author, speaker, educator and youth expert. She is a Registered Nurse, with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, USA.
Nicholson recently authored and published “Young Lives on the Line: You Can Make a Difference” by drawing upon her own experiences growing up as an at- risk child who was homeless as an infant and a youth and through her management of healthcare in the largest youth custody facility in Ontario.
Being an ardent volunteer, Nicholson currently facilitates community outreach programs and workshops for children and families, seminars in local churches and lunch and learn sessions for employees in a variety of work environments to help in understanding the root causes of behaviour in children and youth
She holds many executive positions at various non-profits that aim to impact the lives of at-risk children and youth to unlock their potential. Norma is a member of the RNAO and Region of Peel Police Services Board.
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