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There is such stigma around mental health, so much that some parents even say “I’d rather have my kids going through leukemia than going through clinical depression.” Acknowledging firstly that mental health exists, as well as knowing it is as important as our physical health, if not more, is the first step towards raising awareness against such stigma.


There is such stigma around mental health, so much that some parents even say “I’d rather have my kids going through leukemia than going through clinical depression”. Acknowledging firstly that mental health exists, as well as knowing it is as important as our physical health, if not more, is the first step towards raising awareness against such stigma.


It was Mahatma Gandhi who said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members”. With that in mind, we must remember that children are some of the most vulnerable members of society and it is our duty to take responsibility and ensure the well-being of Canadian children.


UNICEF Canada asked Ontario youth what was important to them in this year’s provincial election. This is what Lena, 17, had to say: We – the next generation – want to be heard. I am writing to inform you of just one youth’s vision for this province.


On a day when the country will be uniting in support of Canadians suffering from mental health challenges, it is important to acknowledge that Canada’s youth are not immune to the problem.


I wasn’t sure where to start this blog post, whether it be with a personal story of my own suicide attempts or if I should jump into the threatening statistics of teen suicide and how unrighteously they are disregarded.


In response to UNICEF Report Card 14, which ranks Canada 25 out of 41 rich countries in child well-being, Canadian youth are speaking out about the issues that matter to them