Sustaining the Self: The Youth Mental Health Pandemic
Originally aired on October 29
Re-release November 30
Authors and experts in candid, live conversation reflect on the topics that matter most during this unprecedented time. For youth, the global pandemic has been a long haul of restrictions, isolation and uncertainty and many have faced significant impacts on their mental health. They have been coping with disrupted schooling, cancelled sports and community programs, heightened family stressors and feeling cut-off from friends. Youth, especially those who are already marginalized, are struggling more than ever with anxiety, depression, substance use, self-injury, and eating disorders. This panel discussion, with Betty Lai, Amy Nam, Shanita Brown and Melanie Siebert, will focus on the changes youth are calling for and explore strategies to support them to thrive. Tune in each day of the Festival to hear new speakers in critical conversation about the topics shaping today’s world.
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Harriet Lewis and Eldon Bennett
Andrew and Valerie Pringle
The topics discussed in this event may be heavy for some. Feel free to step away as needed to take care of yourselves. The event will be recorded and available for 72 hours after airing.
If you need support, please reach out to:
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone’s e-mental health services are available 24/7 across Canada. This means that they’re here for kids, teens and young adults from coast to coast to coast. Visit them here: kidshelpphone.ca
If you are in an emergency, in crisis or need someone to talk to, there is a list of resources available for areas in and around Toronto. Learn more here: camh.ca/en/health-info/crisis-resources