How might we improve mental health and well-being in our schools, homes, and communities?
Make Good partnered Mitford School to launch Project Mental Wellness. During this residency, 16 grade 6, 7 & 8 students will engage in a 15-week human-centered design program to take on the challenge:
"How might we improve mental health and well-being in our schools, homes, and communities?"
Students will apply design thinking skills to create tangible solutions that promote mental wellness and share them with their peers, families, and community.
Youth are among the highest risk populations for mental health related illness and death.
In Canada, it’s estimated that 10-20% of youth are affected by mental illness or disorder.
3.2 million youth (12-19) are at risk for developing depression. Canada’s youth suicide rate is the 3rd highest in the industrialized world.
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second to only accidents (24%).
4,000 people die prematurely each year from suicide.
In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.
Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the 2nd highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected.
Mental Health Commission of Canada (2013). Making the case for investing in mental health in Canada.