Getting rid of the ‘BS’

Nancy Savoie, a fourth year criminology student, representing Youth Matters and the Youth Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, along with fourth year St. Thomas students, set up in James Dunn Hall on Wednesday November 29th to stand up for youth with mental illness.

“Let’s Call BULLS#!T” is a youth led national campaign dedicated to transforming the way we talk about, act towards and support youth mental health.  It’s a reaction to a shocking reality that of the 1 in 5 young people who need mental health help, only 25% actually get it.

The campaign is aimed at changing attitudes towards those facing mental illness by raising awareness of the reality of the issues facing young people.  Labels given to young people such as “schizo” and “freak’ get in the way of helping young people with the real issue: their mental health.

The campaign was brought together not only the St. Thomas community, but also the Miramichi Valley High School, the NBCC-Miramichi, the New Brunswick Youth Centre, the Quantum Program for Youth in Saint John who have also followed the invitation by Nancy to call BS on stigma surrounding youth mental illness.

for more information on this national campaign go to www.callbs.ca .

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