We are working to change the culture in schools and in the community around youth mental illness and stigma. By providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation and by developing and supporting student-run mental health awareness groups on school campuses, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) wants to stamp out stigma in all schools. March 1, 2016
We are working to change the culture in schools and in the community around youth mental illness and stigma. By providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation and by developing and supporting student-run mental health awareness groups on school campuses, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) wants to stamp out stigma in all schools.
CMHA works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provides information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness and encourages students to seek help as soon as it is needed.
Through school campus-wide events, such as the Youth Anti-Stigma Summit held in May of 2015, the CMHA aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues in the schools.
CMHA established a Youth Anti-Stigma Endowment Fund in 2015 to help carry on our Youth Anti-Stigma work. This Endowment Fund was made possible through the generous donation of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Urban Spirits and Ms. Shelby MacLeod. The Endowment includes funding for Youth Leadership Bursaries. We will be launching our Youth Anti-Stigma Bursaries on March 15, 2016.
The Bursaries have been established to support leadership opportunities for youth who are coping with mental health issues such as addictions, mental illness, self-harming or suicidal behaviors, to help them on their way to healing and recovery.
Two bursaries, up to a maximum of $250.00 each, will be given out on an annual basis. To qualify for the bursaries, interested youth must be:
- Between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age
- Have been affected by mental illness
For more information on the eligibility criteria or to apply for a bursary, go to https://lethbridge.cmha.ca/ for the application form and Frequently Asked Questions Information Sheet. Applications will be available on-line on March 15, 2016.
426-6th Street South
THE YOUTH ANTI STIGMA PROJECT
YOUTH DREAMS BURSARY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the purpose of the Youth Dreams Bursary?
The Youth Dreams Bursary provides bursaries for Youth living with or at risk of mental illness in order to pursue their vocational or education interests.
What is a bursary?
A bursary is financial assistance to offset fees or costs for a program.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age
- Youth who have been affected by mental health
- Youth who could not otherwise afford to pursue their interest without the bursary
- Is enrolled or will be enrolled in a school
- Have an interest in making positive contributions to their community
- Enrolled or will be enrolled in a program that will contribute to their mental wellness
- Is not already taking part in other programs subsidized by community organizations that provide growth and learning opportunities
What could the bursary funds be used for?
Approved Vocational and Educational training courses, for example:
- Taking a class that teaches you skills such as skateboarding lessons, a keyboarding class
- Apprenticeships such as: pre-employment training, a math class to bring you up to the level of a course that you may require to register for an apprenticeship program
- Human Interest Courses, for example: Music Lessons, Martial Arts Class
Pottery, Stained Glass Class
How much are the bursaries?
- Bursaries are to a maximum of $250.00
How long are the Bursaries for?
- The bursaries will be awarded twice a year in May and December.
How do I apply?
- Applications may be submitted through an on-line or through an application form. Youth Anti-Stigma Project Youth Dreams Bursary Application
- The form will be online during the application period
- Hard copy applications may be picked up from CMHA offices at 426 – 6th Street South between the hours of 0800 and 1600 hours, Monday through Friday; on-line applications are available at: https://lethbridge.cmha.ca
When will applications open?
- The application process will be conducted twice a calendar year with a possible two bursaries awarded each allocation period
- The granting periods for 2016 are:
- SPRING: Applications commence March 1 and close June 1
- FALL: Applications commence October 1 and close December 1
- Two bursaries will be awarded each granting period
What kind of questions are asked?
- Are you in school
- Your age
- What you hope to achieve
- How would the money impact your life
If I need help with the application, what should I do?
- If you are experiencing difficulties completing the application, please ask your parent/guardian, a teacher or your career worker
Will I need parental/guardian consent to apply?
- If you are under the age of 18 years you will need to obtain consent from your parent/guardian to receive a bursary. If you are shortlisted, we will ask you to get your parent/guardian to complete and submit a consent form
How will a decision be made about the application?
- A committee consisting of partnering agencies and members at large will meet to review the applications
- The partners consist of the following community agencies:
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Lethbridge
- Lethbridge College Student Association
- University of Lethbridge Student Resource Centre
- And members at large
How will I be contacted?
- A committee member will call, email or text the applicant
Youth Anti-Stigma – The Facts
- The first symptoms of mental health problems and mental illnesses are most often experienced in the teenage years.
- Research shows that nearly 60% of young people (under age 25) with a mental illness say they have experienced the impact of stigma.
- 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.
- Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.
- The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
- Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
- Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.
- Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
- Schizophrenia is youth’s greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.
- Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
- In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.