COMING SOON! On the frontline of Youth Mental Health
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadian youth, preceded only by accidents. 50% of mental illness begin before the age of 14. This documentary takes viewers into Saskatchewan classrooms, onto high school sports fields and into hospital psychiatric units, to talk about the impacts of mental illness on our youth today. Viewers get to meet grade 7/8 students, teachers, psychiatric nurses, youth psychologists and peer mentors who are making a difference.
This documentary will shine a spotlight on the importance of breaking stigmas from an early age. It will talk about how critical it is to teach kids the coping skills to deal with any mental health challenges they may face today or later in life, while at the same time letting them know it’s OK to ask for help, and to need help. This documentary will also offer solutions and hope for a path forward by discussing the need to teach kids, from an early age, how to recognize changes within themselves so they know when to take action and to reach out and ask for assistance.
Letting people know – especially our youth – that there is no shame in mental illness or asking for help is so important. We all, as a society, have a shared responsibility to foster a safe environment where no one is afraid to ask for help in their darkest moments.