MARKHAM, ON, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Kinark Child and Family Services
is launching 'Rise Against Stigma', an online campaign to recognize
Children's Mental Health Week, May 6-12, 2013.
The anti-stigma campaign asks youth, parents, and members of the
community to sign our online pledge to support children and youth with
mental health issues. This campaign aims to send a message to kids that
it is important to ask for help and it is equally important for them to
support their classmates with mental health issues, and that making fun
of them is never acceptable.
By signing the pledge, it not only helps to remove the stigma of mental
health, it shows kids that they are safe to reach out for help.
The pledge consists of three simple promises:
Be mindful of the words I use
Be a friend
To sign the pledge visit www.kinark.on.ca or www.facebook.com/kinark.
In addition to the pledge, Kinark has created 'Rise Against Stigma'
videos, featuring the real-life stories of two former Kinark Youth,
Jacob and Jessica, who have struggled to overcome childhood depression
and bullying. Each video provides tips on how to fulfill the promises
in everyday life. These videos can be viewed on our website at www.kinark.on.ca.
"There is a wide spectrum of mental health issues that our kids are
facing, from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and
schizophrenia. Left untreated, these issues can lead to problems in
school, at home, and in the community," says Peter Moore, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Kinark Child and Family Services.
Children's Mental Health Week is designed to raise awareness and
continue the conversation about mental health.
Rise Against Stigma!
Sign Our Pledge!
About Kinark Child and Family Services
Kinark Child and Family Services is the largest children's mental health
organization in Ontario, providing expert help to children and youth,
their families and communities. Kinark offers everything from parenting
advice to help for children and youth with chronic and multiple mental
health issues, provides intensive treatment and support to youth in
conflict with the law and provides an extensive range of programs for
children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
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SOURCE: Kinark Child and Family Services
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