www.daretodreamprogram.ca What is mental health? Mental health can be measured by how well we cope with stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
www.daretodreamprogram.ca Mental Health is how we… Feel Feel – feelings, sentiments, moods, sensitivity, affection, attachment, and relationships (self and others) Think Think – thinking, memory, learning, language, decision making, problem solving, understanding, point of view, and relationships (self and others) Act Act – actions, deeds, activities, manners, conduct, performance, and relationships (self and others)
www.daretodreamprogram.ca Mental Health Mental health relates to feeling good, both mentally and physically. When you are mentally healthy, you are generally high functioning in your thinking, behavior, and feelings. You may have your ups and downs, but your general state of being is good.
www.daretodreamprogram.ca Mental Health Difficulties Mental health difficulties can range from temporary reactions to a painful event or stress, symptoms of drug or alcohol use, lack of sleep, etc. right through to more severe psychiatric conditions and mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.
www.daretodreamprogram.ca Mental Health Difficulties Some factors that may contribute to mental health difficulties include: The environment Personal life experiences Your physical body
Dare to Dream is… An awards program for youth that is run by youth and supported by the nice folks at the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO www.daretodreamprogram.ca
www.daretodreamprogram.ca What’s it all about? We give up to $1000 to individuals and $5000 to groups to create mental health awareness projects. Anyone living in Ontario who is18 years of age or under can apply.
Youth Coordinators and Review Team The review team: Made up of youth from Ontario. Made up of youth from Ontario. Any youth can apply to be a part of it. Any youth can apply to be a part of it. Meet in Ottawa twice a year. Meet in Ottawa twice a year. Decide which projects get funding. Decide which projects get funding. www.daretodreamprogram.ca
Successful Projects Survey of high school students about knowledge of mental health 2 plays focusing on mental health Relaxing room at a secondary school Youth talent show Conflict resolution comic book Self-esteem program for girls www.daretodreamprogram.ca
Successful Projects In the S.T.E.A.M. program, students in Grades 7 & 8 use drama and music to help elementary students learn to deal with anger & emotions.
Successful Projects SNAP-PEY PALS is a conflict resolution comic book for elementary students.
Successful Projects This student wrote and performed a play about dealing with mental health issues based on her own experiences.
Successful Projects This school used their Dare to Dream grant for a relaxing room where students could go to relax during lunch and learn about youth mental health.
You too, can make your project come to life! Start thinking about it and apply today! www.daretodreamprogram.ca www.daretodreamprogram.ca
How do you apply ? Dare to dream awards are granted twice a year. Dare to dream awards are granted twice a year. – In autumn, deadline is the end of October – In spring, deadline is the end of March Application forms, instructions and all the information you need can be found on our Web site: Application forms, instructions and all the information you need can be found on our Web site:www.daretodreamprogram.ca Or you can contact us at: 1.866.282.7601
If you aren’t a youth any more, but are young at heart, we still NEED you!!! www.daretodreamprogram.ca