caring Minds: Youth, Mental Health and Community

Mental health issues affect us all. For young adults, stress and anxiety can be aspects of a healthy quest for selfhood or a response to the pressures of school and social life. Like people of all ages, youth today deal with mental health in their daily lives, for, in the late-twentieth century, thousands of people considered "mentally ill" were relocated from institutions into Canadian communities.

To create an equitable and caring society, we need to educate ourselves about mental health and its impact in order to encourage self-reflection, acceptance, and compassion. Inspired by social history, the curriculum materials on this website challenge learners to consider mental health issues from multiple perspectives and to explore themes of difference, diversity and discrimination.

Teaching Units