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A sense of isolation can lead to mental health issues, teen suicide, trouble with the law, poor school performance and homelessness, warns UNICEF’s One Youth initiative


Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, Overlap Associates and UNICEF Canada partner to launch the Waterloo Region One Youth Fund

UNICEF’s first-ever global report dedicated to early childhood education highlights a lack of investment in pre-primary education by the majority of governments worldwide

The federal government’s latest budget includes welcome new investments in children and youth, said UNICEF Canada’s One Youth. Important funding is promised to First Nations, Métis and Inuit children to help close gaps in basic services and a renewed focus on child and youth mental health. New initiatives also include making post-secondary education more accessible, environmental initiatives to improve air quality and programs to make housing and medication more affordable.

UNICEF Canada and One Youth welcome debate on Private Member’s Bill An Act respecting the Office of the Commissioner for Young Persons in Canada

When your baby has a fever, you reach for a thermometer. The Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being is designed to function like a social policy “thermometer" - to measure and communicate how well Canadian children and youth are actually doing, as opposed to how well we think they are doing.

For me, being a U-Reporter is a dream opportunity that assures that my opinion doesn’t stay locked away in a closet, but is heard and taken into account at all levels: political, economic, environmental, cultural, in sports, etc. It is also a commitment towards my community.

I was born colonized but, like many other Indigenous youth, am on the journey of decolonizing and reconnecting to my community and culture.

There have been several instances in my life where I have experienced some form of bullying. However, I have mostly experienced exclusive bullying from friend groups throughout my life.

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.