March For Youth Mental Health 2022

Get Loud About What Really Matters Most - the Mental Health of the Next Generation

Join us on 7 May 2022 and virtually on 8 May 2022 as we March for Youth Mental Health and get loud about what really matters most - the mental health of the next generation.

The main goal of the March for Youth Mental Health is to raise awareness about youth mental health disorders when gathering people together to work together to end the stigma around mental health disorders in youth. The March for Youth Mental Health will also work to push government bodies to do more in their support for providing resources for the youth who need it and create policies that will help youth and their mental health for years to come.

Listen to speakers, our leaders, advocates, and more as we work to reduce the stigma and push our governments to do more for youth mental health.

For more, and to register, see below.

 

Give to the Cause

Give to the cause today and help better the mental health of the next generation. 


All funds raised will be used to continue to raise awareness around youth mental health as well as to provide services to youth for their mental health. A portion of the funds will be donated to Kids Help Phone, with the remaining funds being donated to organizations in our community to help provide direct services to youth for their mental health.

 

Register to Attend

Register to attend events on 8 May 2022 by clicking below. A link for online events on 8 May 2022 will be sent to you. For more see below.

Event date: 7 May 2022 (in-person march)
Hamilton City Hall (71 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5)

Start time: 10am ET

End time: 1pm ET

Event date: 8 May 2022 (online event)

Start time: 12pm ET

End time: 3:30pm ET

 

Event Outline (7 May 2022)

March for Youth Mental Health - Day 1 (in-person)

To view a list of speakers and guests attending the event, scroll down more.
Note that the event outline is subject to change leading up to the event day.

Opening and Rally

10:00am

Event starts and the opening rally that precedes the march starts with speakers, advocates, and leaders taking the stage to talk

March Starts

The main event and march around downtown Hamilton starts

12:00pm

March Ends

The main event and march around downtown Hamilton ends

1:00pm

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks are delivered before the event ends for day 1

1:00pm

 
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This event is being held on National Youth Mental Health Day (7 May 2022) during Canadian Mental Health Week. To learn more about Canadian Mental Health Week, click here.

 

Event Outline (8 May 2022)

March for Youth Mental Health - Day 2 (Online)

To view a list of speakers and guests attending the event, scroll down more.
Note that the event outline is subject to change leading up to the event day.

Opening

Event starts and opening remarks are given by the YMHM Canada

12:00pm

Guest Remarks

12:05pm

Remarks and opening statements from elected leaders starting with Hon. Carolyn Bennett, P.C., MP - Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

Advocates Talk

12:30pm

A focus conversation session with our mental health advocates highlighting the changes that we need to better the mental health of all youth

Youth Suicide Prevention

A focus session on youth suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention with our suicide prevention and mental health organizations

12:45pm

YMHM Canada Advocacy Work

A look at the work that we are doing here at the YMHM Canada for youth mental health

1:00pm

Mental Health in our Healthcare System

A focus conversation with our frontline mental health workers and hospitals on discussing mental health within our healthcare system and improvements

1:15pm

Statements

Statements from elected leaders

1:30pm

Mental Health within Education

A focus conversation with our education leaders on mental health within our education system and schools as well as improvements

1:45pm

Questions to our Federal Leaders

A conversation and question period with some of our federal government leaders

2:15pm

Questions to our Provincial Leaders

A conversation and question period with some of our provincial government leaders

2:45pm

Advocates Closing Remarks

A reflection and response from our advocates on answers from our government leaders and conversations had

3:15pm

Closing Remarks

Event closing remarks and statements

3:30pm

 

Guest Speakers and Organizations

Speakers and Guests for the March for Youth Mental Health

Note that we continue to reach out to provincial candidates (and MPs) from all parties in the GTHA, however, some have declined or have not responded to our request to take part in these events around youth mental health. For further clarification, please contact us.

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Joshua Bell

President, YMHM Canada
Co-Host

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Olivia Garrido

Chief of Public Relations, YMHM Canada
Co-Host

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Bita Pejam

Co-Chair, HWAD Youth Council

Chief of Mental Health Policy, YMHM Canada
Co-Host

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

Via Statement

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Hon. Carolyn Bennett, P.C., MP

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

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Hon. Mike Lake, P.C., MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addictions and Suicide Prevention

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Abhijeet Manay

Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario

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Fred Eisenberger

Mayor of Hamilton
(via statement)

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Simran Mann

Mental Health Advocate Speaker

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Olivia Mancini

Mental Health Advocate Speaker
Co-Founder, SOPEN 

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Kayla Crabtree

Mental Health Advocate Speaker
Co-Founder, SOPEN 

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Samm Floren

Mental Health Advocate Speaker
Co-Founder, SOPEN 

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Katarina Kolobaric

Mental Health Advocate Speaker

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Kiana Habibagahi

Mental Health Advocate Speaker

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Simranjeet Singh

President, McMaster Students Union

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Denver Della-Vedova

Former President, McMaster Students Union

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Elizabeth Wong

Vice-President of Education, McMaster Students Union

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Sarphina Chui

Vice-President of Finance, McMaster Students Union

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Omar Gharbiyeh

President, University of Toronto Students Union

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Sid Stacey

Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton

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Alisa Simon

Executive Vice President, Chief Youth & Innovation Officer
Kids Help Phone

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Abrar Mechmechia

Founder of ABRAR Trauma and Mental Health Services

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Hon. Filomena Tassi, P.C., MP

Minister of Public Services and Procurement
MP for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
(via video message)

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Matthew Green, MP

Member of Parliament for Hamilton Center
(via statement)

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Hon. Karina Gould, P.C., MP

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
MP for Burlington

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Chad Collins, MP

Member of Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
(via statement)

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Dan Muys, MP

Member of Parliament for Flamborough-Glanbrook

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Lisa Hepner, MP

Member of Parliament for Hamilton Mountain

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Shafqat Ali, MP

Member of Parliament for Brampton center

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Mariam Manaa

Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Burlington

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Monique Taylor, MPP

Ontario NDP Candidate for Hamilton Mountain
Current MPP

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Sandy Shaw, MPP

Ontario NDP Candidate for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
Current MPP

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Ashley Waters

Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Niagara Falls

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Shubha Sandill

Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

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Chantale Lachance

Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Hamilton Mountain

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Ekaterini Dimakis

Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Hamilton Centre

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Harinder Malhi

Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Brampton North

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Melisse Willems

Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Flamborough-Glanbrook
(via statement)

 

Our Sponsors and Promoters

A massive thank you to all of our sponsors and promoters for the March for Youth Mental Health 2022 event. This would not be possible without you!

Want to sponsor this event? Click below for more information.

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BOUNCE RADIO 102.9

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Frayme

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Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

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Young Canadians Roundtable on Health

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The Sandbox Project

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Unsinkable Youth

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Fearless Minds

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Suicide Prevention Community Council - Hamilton

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ABRAR Trauma and Mental Health Services