Government of Canada launches consultation to inform design of Youth Mental Health Fund

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July 2024

Budget 2024 announced $500 million in funding over five years to establish the Youth Mental Health Fund (YMHF), which will provide resources and funding to communities, organizations, and stakeholders across the country who provide mental health supports and services to youth.

The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, has launched a public online consultation to help inform the development of the YMHF.

The online consultation will run from June 24 to July 31, 2024 and will invite people to share their perspectives and expertise on the development of the YMHF. This online consultation is open to:

  • Youth 16 years of age and older and families
  • Health professionals and other mental health service providers
  • Indigenous partners
  • Non-profit organizations supporting youth mental health
  • Community organizations supporting the mental health needs of equity-deserving groups
  • Academics and researchers
  • Members of the public with an interest in youth mental health

The consultation is seeking your input on the types of activities that could be funded through the Youth Mental Health Fund, such as:

  • building capacity and accessibility in youth mental health services across Canada
  • supporting the creation of more access points for services and supports, particularly for underserved populations, including:
    • Newcomers
    • Racialized youth
    • Indigenous youth
    • 2SLGBTQI+ youth
    • Rural and remote youth
  • helping youth and their families navigate and seek care
  • supporting human resource training for mental health, including:
    • Peer support
    • Allied health workers who deliver youth-tailored psychotherapy services
  • increasing youth suicide prevention supports and services
  • building evidence and conducting knowledge mobilization

Click here to learn more and to submit your comments.

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