Canadian youth are facing a mental health crisis post-pandemic — here’s what you can do right now

Research shows that mentorship can have massive positive effects on youth mental health, but there’s not enough of it happening to help young people recover from the pandemic’s economic and social stresses

Why It Matters

According to MENTOR Canada’s 2020 national research, youth who had a formal mentor were three times more likely to report good self-rated mental health. Meanwhile, the pandemic has meant a huge increase in demand for mental health services among young people.

This story is in partnership with MENTOR Canada.

The mental health impacts of the pandemic are real — especially on youth.

Health care professionals, educators and youth-serving organizations are all reporting a massive increase in demand for youth mental health supports and programs.  In Budget 2021, the Federal Government recognized the high price youth have paid during COVID-19 and committed that no youth be left behind. Without a targeted and timely response, we risk leaving an entire generation behind.   

To ensure youth recover from the pandemic, the social impact sector needs to unleash the power of mentoring. While there’s been a need for mentors since long before the pandemic began, mentoring is an intentional response to the youth mental health crisis and should be a key component of our post-pandemic recovery plan. Young

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