Mental health campaign launched

Local campaign and event volunteers are bringing support to the Village Green Centre this weekend.

Partners for Mental Health are right by you.

The national, charitable organization dedicated to transforming the way we think about, act towards and support mental health in Canada, has a new campaign called Right By You.

In support of the effort, local campaign and event volunteers are bringing support to the Village Green Centre this weekend.

“The Right By You campaign is focused on one of the most pressing issues facing children and youth today – the lack of support for mental health and its tragic consequences, such as suicide,” said Dianne Perrier, Vernon volunteer.

“Right By You will rally Canadians from coast to coast to coast to lend their voice and take action to ensure mental health-related services, treatment and support are available to all children and youth when they need it.”

Perrier will be at the mall Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a booth between Purdy’s and the Body Shop.

Partners for Mental Health recently announced the results of its latest poll on mental health and youth suicide in Canada. The poll found that 93 per cent of Canadians believe youth mental health problems and illness deserve the same level of support as other illnesses and 88 per cent of Canadians think the government should be doing more to prevent tragedies like youth suicide.

The Ipsos Reid poll surveyed 1,000 Canadians during January 2014 seeking their views on how mental health in Canada should be handled.  With initiatives like the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, awareness around the issue of mental illness is gathering momentum in Canada and Partners for Mental Health is pushing for real action from the Canadian government.

“This is a very strong response from Canadians and governments across the country need to hear those voices. More needs to be done and quickly,” said Jeff Moat, president of Partners for Mental Health. “This latest poll shows almost 60 per cent of parents with children under the age of 25 are concerned about their children’s mental health.  We need our governments to take real action. Young Canadians are suffering and too many are taking their own lives.”