This website was created in order to assist young people to identify and understand mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to sources of help that will enable them to learn skills and strategies to manage these problems. Being able to recognize signs early on and finding ways to deal with them increases the chances of better long-term outcomes and positive mental health.
Mental health challenges and substance use problems often start in adolescence and the young adult years. Research tells us that intervening early can prevent problems from worsening to the point where professional help is needed. Mental health disorders seldom appear in full bloom. They are usually preceded by signs of emotional distress and difficulties in day-to-day activities.
mindcheck.ca was originally created as part of a broader health literacy initiative implemented by the Early Intervention Project within Child, Youth and Young Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Fraser Health, British Columbia, Canada.
In 2010, Fraser Health formed a partnership with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, to expand mindcheck.ca into a provincial resource for youth and young adults.
The creation of mindcheck.ca and Fraser Health's Early Intervention Project would not have been possible without the support of our partners which include the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Canadian Mental Health Association, Youth Net, Surrey School District, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Douglas College, and numerous community organizations. And of greatest importance are the youth and young adults, as well as parents, who have worked collaboratively with us throughout this initiative.