Suicide is still the leading health-related cause of death for young people in Canada. 1 in 7 young people in Canada report having suicidal thoughts to say nothing of the ones who don't report. This year, 150,000 will act on their thoughts by attempting suicide, and, for hundreds of them, the attempt will be fatal.
Things need to change. And we are leading the way.
Jack.org is Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in every province and territory. Through Do Something, Jack Talks, Jack Chapters, and Jack Summits, young leaders identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. And through ambitious innovations in youth mental health like Be There, we give people the mental health resources they need to educate themselves. We're working towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. A Canada without shame, and where all those who need support, get the help they deserve. Our movement is powered by tens of thousands of advocates and allies across every province and territory of Canada. And we're just getting started.
Jack Talks - Professionally trained and certified youth speakers using the power of personal stories to inspire, engage, educate, and equip young people to take care of themselves and their peers and take action in their local communities.
Jack Chapters - Trained youth-led groups working year round to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities.
Jack Summits - Youth-led conferences around Canada designed to connect young mental health advocates and build their leadership and advocacy skills so they can implement real strategies for change.
Regional Summits - Jack Summits at a local level, led by community leaders who serve the youth population, and guided by Jack.org staff.
Network Reps - 12 young leaders chosen to represent every province in Canada. Throughout the year, our Network Reps lend their voices to program design and speak on behalf of the network in national media and events around the world.
Youth First - No one is better equipped to advocate for youth mental health than youth themselves. They have the insight, energy, and creativity to mobilize change. We are committed to ongoing knowledge transfer from youth to adults and adults to youth. We will value the insights of youth and give them the stage as they mobilize millions.
Inclusive - As a national network, we strive to be representative of Canada’s youth population from coast to coast to coast. To do so, we will always be a warm, welcoming, and safe community for anyone to be a part of. This means evolving, making change when necessary, and intentionally bringing in the voices of those often silenced or marginalized.
Impatient for Change - Suicide is the #1 health-related cause of death for young people in Canada. Things need to change and we'll lead it. Youth mental health is the health issue of this generation and needs to be a national priority. We’ll always do our part and use our voice to ensure others do theirs too.
Impact Focused - Our approach is built on solid evidence. That’s why we’re confident that as long as we follow the plan, evaluate every step of the way, and continually improve our processes, we will make significant and sustainable change to improve youth mental health and well-being.