Recognizing the strength, bravery and resilience of children and youth in and from care

By Halton Children’s Aid Society, Our Kids Network Protocol Partner

May 14, 2016 is Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario.

In late March 2014, the Honourable David Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, granted royal assent to Bill 53, an Act to Proclaim Children and Youth in Care Day. This Act recognizes May 14th of each year as Children and Youth in Care Day, acknowledging the enormous contributions current and former Crown and Society wards make, as well as the strength, bravery and resilience they show in the face of adversity. Continue reading

Engaging youth to promote positive mental health

Welcome to OKN’s first research blog post! We will be using this space as a forum for conversations about research and to share resources with our readers. I’ll be blogging about OKN research and other research related to children, youth and families. My goal is to break down barriers about research and show how accessible, interesting and important local data is for all members of our community. In this way, we can all work together to understand community problems and plan effective strategies to address them.

Our first post corresponds with Mental Health week. What better time to share some facts about child and youth mental health in Halton and explore ways we can support youth. Mental health disorders can be devastating and are often misunderstood. For young people, the issues can be especially challenging. Young people experience major life changes on the way to adulthood, and feel pressure to do well at school, make friends, and negotiate changing relationships with parents and caregivers. Large-scale research done at the provincial level shows about 6% of young people between grades 7 and 12 report symptoms associated with anxiety and depression, and that psychological distress increases as grade goes up[i].

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