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SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada

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We took all our favourite things about fundraisers⁠—art, resources, and events⁠—and combined them to create Life on the Line, which is raising awareness and funds for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto youth mental health programs. 

An online art fundraiser of limited edition prints by notable Canadian artists during Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2022) will raise money for youth mental health programs at CMHA Toronto.

Our campaign will create youth mental health content and resources in collaboration with therapists, experts, practitioners, advocates, and other mental health professionals. 

The launch event on October 6th from 6-10PM at 918 Bathurst will offer early access to artwork, a youth artist exhibition, live music and painting, a silent auction, and, of course, drinks and food!

 

Reached over 8.5 million people in 2020-21

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ART FUNDRAISER

An online art fundraiser of prints by notable Canadian artists (October 7th - 10th, 2022) will raise money for youth mental health programs run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto.

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Hanna Lee Joshi "Sometimes we dance" (2020), 12" x 12",

 

ARTWORK

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Prints will be sold online during a 72-hour window right here from October 7th @ 11:59 AM until October 10th @ 11:59 AM. What we sell, we print. The number of print sales will determine the edition size. 

ARTISTS

DAHAE SONG

This work will be available from October 7th at 12PM - October 10th at 12PM. All donations support CMHA Toronto youth mental health programs

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To meet yourself, 12" x 16" | $111
100% will be donated to CMHA Toronto

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Dahae Song is a South Korean, Toronto based artist and visual philosopher.

To document the world unseen, Dahae externalizes the internal landscape and materializes the immaterial world to serve as an impetus to look inwards and to contemplate this very moment that is forever fleeting us. Dahae Song received her BFA at OCAD U and has created meditative art objects and experiences in the city for global clients like Nike, Soho House, Samsung, Adidas, and Canadian clients such as Holt Renfrew, Tokyo Smoke, The Drake, and Hullmark.

FUNDRAISER

Life on the Line supports Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto’s youth mental health programs, which includes counselling, employment training, and mentorship that help to build resilience and equip young people with the emotional and social skills they need to support their mental health.

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CMHA Toronto served 12,666 people between 2020-21 through community, social support, educational, and specialized services. This campaign will be fundraising for CMHA Toronto youth mental health programs.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto was established in 1953 to promote positive mental health for all. It is the largest service-based mental health organization in Canada. The organization operates through 14 sites across the city, employing over 350 full-time staff and serving over 10,000 individuals each year.

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10-20%

3.2 million

3rd highest

WHY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH?

youth suicide rate in the industrialized world

of Canadian youth are affected by mental health disorder

12-19 year olds in Canada are at risk for developing depression

 

OUR PARTNERS

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EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN

Life on the Line will be publishing a video interview series, articles, and resources discussing the complexity and intersectionality of youth mental health experiences. 

PSYCHOSIS

September 1

This article features psychosis definitions, symptoms, and resources, as well as an anonymous story submitted by someone who experienced psychosis from age 19 - 24. 

GROWING UP 2SLGBTQ+

September 5

This podcast episode will consider how youth are influenced by discrimination, how youth can manage a lack of acceptance from loved ones, and how youth struggling can move forward with confidence. Featuring: Erin O'Brien at The 519 and Toronto Artist Soren Stinson.

CRISIS RESOURCES IN TORONTO

September 7

CMHA Toronto's Alexis Stern compiled a list of vital mental health crisis resources in Toronto. It includes resources for 2SLGBTQ+ communities, youth, and more.

PANIC ATTACKS

September 13

This article examines how to talk yourself down from a panic attack. It was written by CMHA Toronto's Amie Tsang in collaboration with Siva Balaskantha. 

DISABILITY & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

September 19

This podcast episode will consider the multiple challenges that youth with disabilities face and how they can impact mental health outcomes. From accessibility to understanding, our panel of experts will address existing barriers, provide solutions, and highlight the diversity of youth experiences. Featuring: Kate Welsh at Crip Counseling, Disability Advocate Kellina Powell, and Max Lieberman at Liebs & Co.

TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

September 21

This article examines how to talk yourself down from a panic attack. It was written by CMHA Toronto's Amie Tsang in collaboration with Siva Balaskantha. 

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Youth mental health education facilitates:

INCREASED AWARENESS

Understanding what mental health is and how to maintain positive mental health can lead to early intervention.

COPING SKILLS

Learning how to manage stress and develop healthy coping mechanisms can reduce the severity of mental health disorders.

EARLY INTERVENTION

Ability to spot early warning signs in yourself and others can reduce the severity of a mental health disorder.

REDUCED STIGMA

Normalizing conversations surrounding mental health can help reduce stigma and lower risk of suicide.

LAUNCH EVENT

Our launch event at 918 Bathurst on Thursday, October 6th will include early access to prints, a youth art exhibition, live music and painting, a raffle, and, of course, food and drinks!

EARLY ACCESS

Event attendees and ticket holders will have early access to the online art fundraiser before it goes live to the public on October 7th at 9:00AM.

A curated youth artist exhibition (ages 10-24) will be on display during the event. Youth artists will submit work through a call for submissions. Art will be available for sale where 50% will be paid to the artist and 50% will be donated to CMHA Toronto.

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LIVE MUSIC & PAINTING

The event will be hosted by a local DJ, and will have live painting by local artists. Drinks and hors-d'œuvres are included in the ticket price.

SILENT AUCTION

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, a selection of experiences and items will be available in a silent auction where 100% of all proceeds will be donated to CMHA Toronto youth mental health programs. 

 
 
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GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER

We have event volunteer opportunities for individuals and businesses.