On International Youth Day, August 12, 2016, the SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) launched its #YWFightStigma Campaign. This campaign has a four goals:
One reason why the YWC prioritized mental health is because young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness than any other age group. It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. At the same time, only 1 out of 5 young people who need mental health services actually receive the services they need in Canada – the results of a this lack of support can be catastrophic: people with mental illness and addictions are more likely to die prematurely than the general population, and mental illness can reduce 10 to 20 years from a person’s life expectancy.
The YWC understands that everyone knows someone who lives with or is affected by mental health concerns. That’s why their #YWFightStigma Campaign wants to create a space where people feel comfortable talking about their mental health, and to create the opportunity for you to share your ideas about how workplaces and communities can develop better support systems for those suffering from mental health.
In the space below, please let us know your ideas for establishing mental health support in Saskatchewan and across Canada – your information will remain anonymous and confidential. The YWC will then unite the ideas we receive from the public in a letter to our Minister of Health, our Minister of Social Services, and our Minister of Labour – in this letter, we will ensure your ideas are heard – and it is our hope that they will be acted upon.
Together, we can ensure mental health support for everyone.