- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
Are you a youth 25 years old and under?
Do you live in British Columbia?
Are you (or someone you know) making a huge difference in mental health?
There are many existing awards programs, but few of them recognize incredible young people, especially in the mental health field! We want to recognize young people all over B.C. for the amazing work that they are doing in three different categories:
Nominations in this category include youth who are working within their community or school to promote mental health and wellness. This includes community groups or initiatives that have been created by youth to break down stigma, encourage young people to address their own mental health and start the dialogue about mental health with other young people. The Community Involvement category also emcompasses youth who are making an impact in their school by organizing mental health events, peer support programs or mental health clubs.
Nominations in this category include youth who are are supporting a friend, family member or individuals in the community who are struggling with their own mental health. Having support while struggling with mental health is crucial in mental wellness and recovery, and this category acknowledges youth who are champions in this area. Support can take place in person, online, via support groups and/or other innovative platforms.
Nominations in this category include youth who have opened up about their own struggles with mental health challenges in an outstanding way. Sharing your story of struggles with any audience is incredibly difficult to do and takes a very courageous young person. Every story that is shared about overcoming mental health struggles can make someone feel less isolated, inspire other individuals to get help with their own mental health, and spread hope that it can get better. Sharing might be in the form of speeches, blogs, articles, media, video and/or other creative outlets. Every conversation about mental health breaks down the stigma of mental illness even further, so this category acknowledges and celebrates youth who are making an effort to get their story out there.
To download a poster for the Champions of Wellness Awards, click here.
The application deadline is November 30, 2015, and the selection committee will be made up of Kelty Youth Ambassadors from all over the province. Youth with lived experience, siblings, friends and supporters of people with mental health challenges are encouraged to apply to the category that is the best fit!
The winners will be notified in December 2015, and announced at the Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit at Roger’s Arena in February 2016, in front of a large audience of youth who are passionate about mental health and wellness. There will also be a prize for every winning individual!