Each year, the Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health (Doing Business as the F.O.R.C.E. in BC), dedicates its efforts on May 7th; Child and Youth Mental Health day, to help foster well-being and ‘caring, connected, relationships’ between young people and caring adults. This year marks the Ten Year Anniversary of that commitment!
Lots has been said about parents not connecting with their kids about their mental health, but we feel that besides saying this, it is important to give parents and other caring adults some tools to help with having the conversation with young people. So, this May 7th is about the conversations between children, youth and caring adults in their lives.
At a youth mental health event in 2016, we asked high school students “How do you want adults to talk to you about your mental health? What do you want them TO SAY and DON’T SAY?” Over 400 students from grades 8-12 wrote down how they would like to be spoken to, and not spoken to when talking about their mental health.
Using their words, we have created a resource we are calling the “The Unfolding Conversation” (youth version). Click here>>
Additionally, we have created “The Unfolding Conversation” (children’s version). This is an activity we are hoping that teachers will do with students and encourage them to take it home to their parents with a one-pager describing the activity. Click here>>
Free Cake Order Form
Costco and Safeway have joined with us to help celebrate May 7 National Child and Youth Mental Health Day. Download the request for a free cake, fill in the blanks with your organization details and take to your local Safeway or Costco. Don't forget to thank them at your event! and use one of the May 7 branding graphics (below) to have them decorate on your cake.
If you would like to use one of our logos for May 7, you can download them here.
We'd love to see the branding and how it is used across the country, so please email with a photo and where you are using the branding (name of the event etc and we may tag you in our social media campaigns #may7icare)
If you didn't order any May 7 posters, you can download a copy here>> (it's a larger file designed for printing/copying)