- Mental Health
- Substance Use
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BC Mental Health and Addiction Services (BCMHAS) and Fraser Health, with support from the Vancouver Canucks and Canucks for Kids Fund, are proud to launch the provincial version of mindcheck.ca, a website for youth and young adults that offers tools to check mental wellbeing and get access to support for mental health challenges. The site will be featured before and during the Canucks’ home game and on Sportsnet on January 24, 2012.
The Canucks will also support the BCMHAS Health Literacy Team as we call on BC residents to add their video to the “In One Voice” campaign within the mind check site. Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa shares his experience in a video about close friend and teammate, Rick Rypien, who suffered from depression. Visitors to mindcheck.ca will see the “37RYP” logo that links to the page where Bieksa shares his video pledge and encourages others to upload their own video and show their support for those they care about who have experienced mental health challenges.
Mental health and substance use disorders are the primary health issues experienced by youth and young adults in their teens and early 20s. Identifying the signs early and getting connected to tools and support is the most important way to prevent mental health problems. At mindcheck.ca, youth and young adults can test how they’re feeling through confidential screening tools (quizzes). They can find educational materials and where to go to for support if they are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, substance use, or psychosis.
mindcheck.ca was initially launched in spring 2010 as part of a Fraser Health early intervention pilot project for Youth and Young Adult Mental Health and Substance Use. The expansion of this web site as a provincial resource is thanks to the Provincial Health Service Authority’s BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre - B.C.’s Information Source for Children, Youth and Families, the Canucks for Kids Fund through the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project.
For more on this story, check out Saturday's article in the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/gary_mason/rick-rypiens-story-shines-beacon-of-hope/article2318301/