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*This presentation has been developed to introduce the Dare to Dream awards program from the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.*Before we start, heres a quick quiz for you to check out your mental health IQ.
How much do YOU know about mental health and mental health difficulties?*Heres the first question:
In Ontario, what percentage of children and youth between the ages of 4-16 suffer from some type of mental illness?
*The answer? Its estimated that about 20% of children and youth in Ontario suffer from some kind of mental illness a figure thats pretty consistent all around the world.
*The second question is:
After accidents, what is the second most common cause of death in teens?*The answer? Suicide is the second most common cause of death in teens.
*The next question is:
What percentage of individuals who are depressed, respond to treatment?*The good news is that getting help does make a difference:
80-90% of people who are depressed, respond to treatment!*The fourth question is:
Can you think of three negative things people with mental illness or mental health difficulties might have to deal with?
*Unfortunately, there are more than three answers to this question, but the most common negative things experienced by people with mental illness or mental health difficulties are stigma, alienation and misunderstanding.
*This LAST question is a tough one!
What program gives money to youth who want to lower the stigma and raise awareness about mental health issues?
*Question fives answer is:
DARE TO DREAM!!!*Congratulations! Youre done!
Now that we have your interest, lets find out more about mental health and mental health difficulties, and what YOU can do to make a difference through the Dare to Dream program.*You hear a lot about mental health. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life.*Mental health can be viewed and experienced in many different ways.
We express our mental health through our feelings, thoughts and actions.*Mental Health isnt necessarily about always being happy. Sometimes there are reasons to be upset. But being mentally healthy helps us to cope with the many different challenges that we face.*Like physical health, mental health can range from good (where you cope well with daily challenges) to experiencing mental health difficulties, which are described here.
You may be more familiar with the term mental illness, which refers to a specific diagnosis by a mental health professional. The term mental health difficulties includes a broader range of experiences including, at its most severe, mental illness. *People of all ages are susceptible mental health difficulties from time-to-time or throughout their lives.
This is why its important for young people to be aware of their own mental health.*The Dare to Dream Program has been developed to help young people become more aware of mental health and to support them in promoting mental health awareness to their peers and in their communities.
In these projects, youth partner with adult mentors who help bring their ideas come to life.
*To be eligible for a Dare to Dream award, applicants must be 18 or under. (No adults are allowed to apply!) They must also live in Ontario and be partnered with a mentor.
If you want to do a project by yourself, you can get up to $1000. If you and 3 or more friends want to develop a project you can get up to $5000!
Dare to Dream projects can also count towards secondary volunteer hours.*The Dare to Dream review team (better known as the Dream team) are youth from all around Ontario who get together twice a year to review applications and decide which ones to fund. *Dare to Dream has already funded a number of successful projects, including plays, songs, t-shirts, suicide intervention training, a comic book and many other cool ideas. *These students in grades 7 and 8 participated in S.T.E.A.M. conflict resolution training. After their training they wanted to share what they had learned with other students, so they developed a song and play that was presented at different schools and on a local TV station.
They were so popular that they ended up making a DVD so that number of schools could share. *This applicant came up with an idea to create a comic book about a group of friends who use a magic top to travel back in time to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner.
The aim of SNAP-PEY PALS is to teach younger kids about conflict resolution techniques. *For this Dare to Dream project the applicant created a play about her own experiences with mental health difficulties and the mental health system.
She also created t-shirts with the slogan Stop the Silence to get people talking about youth mental health. *At one applicants school there was nowhere to relax during the lunch break, so she came up with the idea to create a relaxing room where students could unwind. She also invited speakers to come in and talk about mental health and made sure lots of good mental health resources were available to the students.
*These ideas are just the beginning. We want to hear from you as well.
To find out more about the Dare to Dream program, visit our website at: www.daretodreamprogram.ca. *Dare to Dream awards are granted twice a year, with application deadlines at the end of October and the end of March. All of the information you need in order to apply is on our website www.daretodreamprogram.ca. If you have any problems filling out an application or cant find a mentor feel to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-866-282-7601.*In addition to youth, we also need adult mentors who can help young people through the application process and provide support as they develop their projects.
A mentor can be anyone who works with youth on a day-to-day basis, such as teachers, guidance councilors, psychologists, psychiatrists, youth or social workers.*Providing direction and support is a mentors main job. Mentors help youth with their applications, keep their projects on course, and administer the funds.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor but arent connected to youth fill out a mentor application form and we will try to match you with young people who live in your area.
*Help us spread the word.
On the Dare to Dream website you can send one of our new ecards to friends or download and print the Dare to Dream poster.
If youd like, we can even send you paper copies. *If you have any questions please contact us! All the information you need to apply for a Dare to Dream is on our website.