In a previous poll, 1 in 3 U-Reporters told us they would not be likely to use an online help chat if they were concerned about their mental health. What do you think might stop someone from using this service?
If you have ever tried to access professional mental health support (e.g. get an appointment with a psychiatrist, therapist, or counsellor), how easy or hard was that process? If it was easy, what made it easy?
• Help from parents or other adults (including access to health insurance through parents)
• Straightforward online intake process
• Quick responses and text message reminders
If it was hard, what made it hard?
• Prohibitive costs
• Long waitlists and slow response times
• Difficulty navigating private/public systems and appointment processes
• Concerns about professional’s ability to understand specific mental health conditions, cultures, or needs of young people
What does good mental health mean to you?
• Emotional stability and good balance in life
• Resilience; ability to manage stress and recover from setbacks
• Self-acceptance and good self-esteem
• Sufficient motivation and mental energy
• Ability to cope well with mental illness and seek help when needed
• Not being consumed with negative thoughts and emotions, and feeling happy at least some of the time
What are some things young people can do to take care of their mental health as they return to school?
• Take care of physical health with exercise, nutrition, and sleep
• Spend time connecting with friends and family
• Prioritize mental health and well being
• Take breaks and days off
• Try new things and spend time on hobbies
• Ask for help from friends/family/professionals/teachers when needed