Improving the Health and Well-Being
of Canada’s Youth

Bringing together Canada’s leading child and youth health organizations, the Sandbox Project hosted its sixth annual conference and workshop on January 21 at TELUS House in Toronto.

The MHCC was pleased to support this event, which explored important strategies for improving health outcomes for Canadian children and youth.

“We can’t underestimate the importance of early intervention and treatment when it comes to mental health,” said MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley.  “These are formative years where good care can have an impact on someone’s lifelong health.”

Bradley went on to explain the need for an integrated, accessible and responsive system. “A system that includes, and listens to, the needs of young people.” 

In an effort to do just that, the leadership of the Sandbox Project used the morning plenary session to launch the EduTOX Video Challenge.

Running until March 21, 2016, EduTOX gives young people an opportunity to take action and raise awareness about hazardous substances.  Some participants will receive national recognition for their leadership.

“With well over 150 representatives from a broad range of national, regional and local child and youth-related organizations in the room, the conference was a real opportunity to explore how we can be more effective as a sector and accelerate to solutions,” said Christine Hampson, President and CEO of The Sandbox Project.

The discussion was particularly timely as the federal/provincial/territorial health ministers were meeting on the same day in Vancouver to begin discussions on renewing Canada’s health accord. 

“Child and youth health and well-being must be on the health accord agenda,” said Hampson.

The MHCC has long advocated for the need to address child and youth mental health. Recent efforts including hosting the Consensus Conference on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults: Making Transitions a Priority from November 2-4, 2015, in Ottawa.

The goal of the conference was to develop a consensus statement with recommendations that will advance policy and services for emerging adults (EAs). The MHCC is working with the jury and EAs to incorporate conference feedback into final recommendations and will be releasing a consensus statement in the spring.

Read more about the Consensus Conference on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults.