(Moncton – March 15, 2022) The YMCA Community Action Network is thrilled to announce Mental Health 101 – An Afternoon of Mental Health Awareness.

Mental Health 101 has been organized by a cohort of five youth that are passionate about ending the stigma and educating the community about resources for mental health. The group of youth have come together and collaborated with local organizations to offer the community an afternoon of presentations, activities, and education! The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 20th from 12pm-4pm at the YMCA Moncton North – 70 Twin Oaks Dr.

The afternoon offers community members an opportunity to sit in on presentations from local mental health organizations including Atlantic Wellness, Sage Counselling, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Members of the YCAN cohort will be hosting mental health themed activities, as well as operating a SafeZone where folks can engage in sensory themed crafts. There will be snacks and hot chocolate available throughout the afternoon. We will also be offering three giveaways for people in attendance to enter.

The goal of the event is to provide people from the Greater Moncton Area an opportunity to meet with local organizations, talk about available resources, and learn that talking about mental health is how progress towards ending the stigma is made.

The youth in this cohort have been working hard on this project since October 2021 and are excited to see it come to fruition. The SafeZone and activities are open to everyone. Folks that are interested in attending one of the presentations by partnering organizations are asked to pre-register using the link that can be found by following the QR code on the event poster or by contacting Hannah at hannah.lapointe@ymcamoncton.ca.

The YMCA Community Action Network is a national program that works with youth between the ages of 15-30. Participants are asked to come together, select a community issue they are passionate about, and develop a service project to address the issue. The group ends their time in YCAN by watching their service project come to fruition and delivering it to the community.