On the Frontline of Youth Mental Health
With 50% of mental illnesses – including those manifesting in adulthood – developing before the age of 14, and suicide being the second leading cause of death in Canadian youth, preceded only by accidents, Saskatchewan’s registered nurses are shining a spotlight on youth mental health in the province.
An all-new documentary, produced by the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), takes viewers into school classrooms, onto after-school sports fields, into urban hospital psychiatric units, and into northern and remote communities to examine the current state of youth mental health in Saskatchewan. Meet grade 7/8 students, their teacher, psychiatric nurses, a school and youth psychologist and a peer mentor who are all working to change the way people view and talk about mental health.
The documentary highlights the importance of breaking stigmas around mental health; letting kids know it’s OK to ask for help and to need help; and equipping our youth with the coping skills they’ll need to deal with life’s stresses today and later in adulthood.