WATCH: The Walrus Talks at Home: Youth Mental Health

How can Canada better support young people’s mental health in a period of incredible upheaval?

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How can Canada better support young people’s mental health in a period of incredible upheaval?

What is the state of youth mental health today? Rates of mental illness, especially among younger generations, have been increasing for years, and the pandemic has only exacerbated the problem.

There are so many gaps in our understanding of how mental health disorders can be diagnosed, treated, and addressed. At The Walrus Talks at Home: Youth Mental Health, our speakers discuss the importance of prevention, identification, and treatment of mental illness to help improve youth well-being.

Photos of Theresa Bennett, Fae Johnstone, Myrna Lashley and Lee Thomas

Featuring five-minute talks and Q&A with:

  • Dr. Teresa Bennett, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, HHS/McMaster Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor and Jack Laidlaw Chair in Patient-Centered Care, McMaster University
  • Fae Johnstone, Executive Director, Wisdom2Action
  • Lee Thomas, MSW, Lee Thomas Therapy Services
  • Dr. Myrna Lashley, Psychologist and Consultant in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Accessibility Information
We strive to be accessible and inclusive. If you require support to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact or (416) 971-5004, ext. 247. Live captioning will be available for this event.

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In 2021, the RBC Foundation donated $2 million to help launch the Brain Canada Youth Mental Health Platform Program, powered by RBC Future Launch, which will support a pioneering national project that will make meaningful advances in the field of youth mental health possible by enhancing existing technical and research capabilities of Canadian neuroscientists. This project will have a discernable impact on Canada’s capabilities in youth mental health research, and will result in greater access to specialized technology, and better coordination of the existing infrastructure for researchers and people with lived experience.

2021 National Sponsors

The Walrus is proud to recognize Air Canada as our Exclusive Airline Partner

The Walrus is proud to recognize Meta as our Future of the Internet Partner

The Walrus is proud to recognize Labatt Breweries of Canada as our National Sustainability Partner

The Walrus is proud to recognize Shaw as our National Events Sponsor

The Walrus is proud to recognize Indspire as our National Education Sponsor

The Walrus Staff

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Jennifer Hollett I have been digging into the pages of The Walrus Summer Reading issue and remarking at all of the contributions from our former and current Fellows. It reminds me that every issue of The Walrus is a result of a culmination of efforts (including lengthy fact-checking) from the editorial team, the emerging journalists they train, and the generous supporters who make all of this happen.

Through The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program, we have the privilege of training the next generation of professionals who are passionate about the integrity of journalism. In the Summer Reading issue, 2021 Cannonbury Fellow Connor Garel wrote a piece on Frankie Perez and the art of breaking. Tajja Isen contributed an excerpt from her first book, Some of my Best Friends. Isen, who also began her career at The Walrus as a Cannonbury Fellow, is currently Editor-in-Chief at Catapult magazine.

Our 2022 Chawkers Fellow, Mashal Butt, was instrumental in making sure we got the facts straight in our Summer Reading issue, having fact-checked six features, including Sarah Totton’s short story “The Click.” And, you can look forward to a cover story on housing affordability by our 2022 Justice Fund Writer in Residence, JS Rutgers. (Rutgers is now a climate reporter for The Narwhal.)

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With gratitude,

Jennifer Hollett
Executive Director, The Walrus