Recognizing the Importance of Youth Mental Health
Shine Out! Shout Out! has been developed by we, the Sparling family, along with our friends, as a means to raise awareness for youth mental health and to raise funds for the Just be You Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Support program.
Mental Illness is an issue near and dear not just to our hearts but to so many of our friends and family as well. We know that 1 in 5 children or youth in Ontario or 624,000 suffer from a mental illness, yet only 20% get the help they need. More than 28,000 youth are on the wait-list for programs and services in Ontario, with some waiting more than 2 years to get the help needed.
The Maze of Mental Health Services
Those of us who have been through the maze of mental health services for children and youth have seen the lack of services, programs, and support in many communities for both the person living with the mental illness and their family.
From speaking with youth and families, it was clear that there was a need for a place where youth with mental health problems could go, hang out, have fun, make social connections, and support each other in a recreationally-based program.
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Our hope through Shine Out! Shout Out! and the programs it supports is to give every youth a reason to smile, to feel connected, to know there is hope and to know that they don’t have to suffer in silence.
Looking to Help Out?
Are you a student needing your high school volunteer hours? Or someone willing to give a hand to a great cause?
If you want to learn more about Volunteer opportunities, ask us how you can help!