UPDATE:

The application period for 2016/17 community summits has officially closed. Thank you to everyone who applied and stay tuned for information on this year's Balancing Our Minds Community Youth Summits! If you are interested in planning a Youth Summit in your school or community and were not able to enter an application, take a look through the Balancing Our Minds webpage for event planning tools and resources to help get you started planning your event. For questions and inquiries, please contact paul.irving@cw.bc.ca

 

Community Summit Applications

With support from the Canucks for Kids Fund, BC Children's Hospital is seeking communities in British Columbia interested in planning and delivering a Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit in their community. A Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit is a one-day event focused on youth mental health and achieving the following goals:

  • Increase knowledge about mental health and substance use
  • Build awareness of available mental health tools, resources and services
  • Decrease stigma towards individuals experiencing mental health challenges
  • Generate ideas on how to promote mental health and wellness in school communities

Balancing Our Minds Youth Summits are based on the province-wide event Balancing Our Minds held at Roger’s Arena from 2013-2016. The event was inspired by the idea that an important first step in changing how mental health is discussed and experienced in our school communities is getting together youth and educators from across the province to engage in thoughtful dialogue, education, and idea sharing on how to better promote mental health and wellness in our school communities.

With support from the Canucks for Kids Fund, BC Children’s Hospital will support communities to host their own Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit events in the 2016/17 school year. 

To apply to host a Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit event in 2016/17 in your community, please fill out the community summit application form below. More details on Balancing Our Minds community summits can be found on the application form. Please email all completed applications to: paul.irving@cw.bc.ca