1 in 5 of us will experience a mental illness

Don't let silence or stigma define you. Your voice must be heard. What do Ontario's youth have to say about the state of mental health in the province?

SOUND OFF is a youth-led social initiative to get young people mobilized around mental health issues. Tell us what is working (or not working) to support your mental health.

Give us your SOUND OFF and change mental health in Ontario

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1173 Sound Offs!

“Places [where] youth can go to talk to someone about how they are feeling [would be good]”

“I [feel] mental health gets overlooked and isn't obvious as other physical impediments”

“[I feel] there is a lot of ignorance... [for] most people if something doesn't affect them they won't care”

“In my opinion, mental health problems are treated as less important than other health problems, which isn't right. I know a lot of people struggling from mental health problems and they deserve more support.”

“I would like if parents would stop kicking out their kids especially without giving them any help or support”

“[I] definitely feel their needs to be more education in high schools, more than one presentation in the 4 years your are there”

“The truth is we all have mental health and we need to look after it to remain...healthy.”

schools

  • Yes 67%
  • No 33%

67% of Ontario youth say their schools are working to support their mental health

media

  • Yes 55%
  • No 45%

55% of Ontario youth say the media is working to support their mental health

communities

  • Yes 68%
  • No 32%

68% of Ontario youth say their communities are working to support their mental health

Ontario youth invited to SOUND OFF about mental health in their community

January 31, 2014

Young people in Ontario now have a new way to voice their concerns and change the way mental health issues are dealt with in their communities.

Last week the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) launched SOUND OFF, a youth-led initiative aimed at empowering and mobilizing youth by collecting and sharing their opinions on what is – and isn’t – working when it comes to mental health.

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SOUND OFF launches on January 22 at Hart House

January 21, 2014

On January 22, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is launching SOUND OFF - a youth led social initiative to get young people mobilized around mental health issues.



From discrimination and barriers to support, to stigma and negative portrayals in the media - young people are called to rally for change and share ideas.

The mental health system can do better. Let your voice be heard. SOUND OFF. 

There will be a youth panel, moderated by Troy Sexton, discussing mental health and what could be done to better support people and their mental health concerns.

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