The collective mental health of our population is going to suffer if we aren't proactive about prioritizing mental health now. The chronic stress that people are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis can lead to severe physical and mental health complications, which can prolong the effect of the crisis even once the virus has been tackled. As our health care system is tested as never before, we need to be there for all of our young people and those who support them.
COVID-19 has, and will, impact the mental health of people everywhere. Some young people who belong to certain groups (e.g. youth from low-income families, Indigenous young people, youth with illnesses, etc.) are also at-risk for being disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus. With information on mental health and COVID-19 scattered all over the internet, finding accurate information and appropriate resources can be hard. Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support and reliable information they need. You can find it at jack.org/covid.
The Jack.org team is working tirelessly to adapt our programs to be used digitally, including the creation a virtual Jack Talk and a virtual Jack Summit. We are increasing our efforts to get our digital resource Be There (BeThere.org) in front of as many young people as possible during this difficult time.
Your support today means that we can reach more young people and provide them with a platform to learn, share and connect with each other during this crisis.