The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is currently seeking applications for eight (8) new Youth Council members as we enter our renewed 10-year mandate (2017-2027). Three of the vacant seven seats are designated for Indigenous representatives to be filled by one First Nations, one Inuit, and one Métis youth.
The MHCC’s Youth Council is an inclusive, safe space that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds. The MHCC is looking for youth who have lived experience with mental illness, or who have experienced the mental health system through a family member or friend.
New members of the Youth Council must commit to a 36-month term and will be at least 18 years old, but no older than 25, at the start of their term.
Members will be asked to participate in various MHCC projects in order to provide youth representation and perspectives. The Youth Council, for example, recently developed a youth-focused version of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Entitled The Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective, this project helps to advance system change recommendations as viewed by young people across Canada.