Our Areas of Impact show our current focal points...

At-Risk Youth


Youth Living with Schizophrenia

Substance Misuse

Among Youth

Youth Mental Health Awareness & Education

Building Resilience, Peer Support & Self-Care Among Youth

At-Risk Youth

While mental illness and addictions affect all youth, we particularly want to support those who may be at greater risk, such as youth in-care, low-income and homeless youth.


Substance Misuse Among Youth

There are many addictions; we focus on misuse of substances, including alcohol, prescription drugs, dangerous substances (sniffing glue, antifreeze, etc.) and illicit drugs. The World Health Organization defines misuse as the use of a substance for a purpose not consistent with legal or medical guidelines.


Youth Living with Schizophrenia

One of the most debilitating and costly mental illnesses is schizophrenia, or psychosis, a disease that typically begins in youth between the ages of 15 and 25. The earlier that schizophrenia is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome of the person and the better the recovery, so it’s important to increase the opportunity for early diagnosis. Streamlined access to services for youth and caregivers, new treatments and support for youth with schizophrenia are important goals.


Youth Mental Health Awareness & Education

We believe that proactive, well-conceived and executed awareness and education efforts can enlighten society, reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and addictions. Helping to build a more informed and tolerant society can increase the chances that youth will seek out help sooner, and have personal support from friends, family, teachers, employers and others.

Resilience-Building, Peer Support & Self-Care Among Youth

Ultimately all youth need to develop the skills and support to deal with the ups and downs of life themselves. This can be challenging for youth with mental illness and addictions. While becoming healthy, we also want to see youth build personal resilience, self-esteem and good self-care so they become successful, independent adults. Peer support programs are among those strategies that are particularly effective in this area.

"It's not what you get out of life that counts,

but what you put into it."


- George H. Morris

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