Thank you to youth from across Ontario who participated in Change the View! This year’s Change the View contest was a resounding success. Almost 150 video entries from more than 35 communities across Ontario were submitted! In one way or another you have all opened up the conversation about mental health – whether from behind the camera or in front of it. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your insights. By talking about mental health, you are making it easier for others to reach out and get the help they need when they need it most.
We encourage you to check out the powerful winning videos and share them widely with your networks using #ChangetheView.
Congratulations to Eunice Oladejo, Daniel Oladejo, Elena Goetze and Rowan Artelle Garcia of Colonel By Secondary School, Ottawa for their video: You Are Not Alone
Congratulations to Zachary Spence and William Levy for their video:
Congratulations to Nora Hayden of Colonel By Secondary School, Ottawa for her video: Let Me Be The Only One
CMHO kicked off Children’s Mental Health Week with a fun-filled Awards Gala to announce the 2016 winners Change the View. The awards gala is an opportunity to bring together MPPs, government officials, sector partners, and youth to celebrate the amazing videos of the contest winners.
The awards gala, hosted by CMHO’s Youth Action Committee and emceed by Beth and Matthew, showcased the videos from the top three entrants. The winners then took to the stage to accept their awards and talk about the inspiration behind their videos.
The Change the View awards gala was also an opportunity to promote the unique partnerships between the community-based child and youth mental health sector and the education sector. The Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services, was on hand to speak about the importance of supporting youth voices in policy development and the importance of youth engagement broadly. Andréanne Fleck Saito, Leadership and Implementation coach with School Mental Health ASSIST, spoke about how school boards are working to build more supportive environments for children and the important connections that are being built with the community sector. The Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, delivered a video greeting acknowledging the important work and dedication of CMHO member agencies and the importance of strong partnerships between the education and child and youth mental health sectors. Celebrity guest Natasha Negovanlis joined us of the YouTube series Carmilla – winner of the Canadian Screen Award and Digi Award! Natasha spoke honestly and candidly about her own experiences with anxiety.
Other special guests in attendance at the awards gala included: Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, and Hon. Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. MPP Monique Taylor (Hamilton Mountain), MPP Sophie Kiwala (Kingston and the Islands), MPP Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe) and MPP John Fraser (Ottawa South) were also on hand to celebrate, as well as representatives from Teacher’s Life – our official Change the View sponsor. Doug Baker, President and CEO of Teacher's Life spoke about the organization's continuing commitment to Ontario’s education community and about the importance of reducing stigma.