It's the next big thing in youth mental health.
The conversation around mental health is growing. People are encouraged to reach out and ask for help, and they’re doing it. Young people in Canada are finding the courage to share their struggles and ask for help, but often their friends and families don’t know how to respond. If a friend reached out to you, would you know how to be there for them? For most of us, the answer is ‘no’.
Enter Be There, an engaging web-based resource currently being developed by Jack.org
that illuminates how we can be there for our loved ones when they struggle with their mental health.
It's our responsibility to know how to be there. You may or may not personally struggle with mental health issues, but your friend might. Your sibling might. Your teammate might. We’re all in this together, and we need to know how to be there for the people we care about.
So, let’s turn the tables. Let’s focus less on encouraging people to ask for help and, instead, educate ourselves to recognize when someone is struggling and learn how to actually support one another. We need to know the warning signs that someone might be struggling and know how to support them when they need us.
The problem is that an engaging resource to educate ourselves didn’t exist.