Thanks to funding from the Canucks for Kids Fund, BC Children’s Hospital will be supporting communities to plan and deliver youth summits in the 2019/2020 school year.

A Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit is a free one-day event focused on youth mental health, achieving the following goals:

  • Increase knowledge about mental health and substance use
  • Build awareness of available mental health tools, resources and services
  • Increase positive attitudes towards individuals experiencing mental health challenges
  • Generate ideas on how to promote mental health and wellness in school communities

Balancing Our Minds Youth Summits are based on the province-wide event Balancing Our Minds held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver from 2014-2016. The event was inspired by the idea that an important first step in changing how mental health is discussed and experienced in our school communities is getting together youth and educators to engage in thoughtful dialogue, education, and idea sharing on how to better promote mental health and wellness.

To apply to have a Balancing Our Minds Summit in your community, you can visit the Balancing our Minds website, which also has information on event planning, speakers and ideas for activities.