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70%

of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

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SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada

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Duncan McLean's "Subway" poster on the Toronto TTC Subway during the 2020-21 Life on the Line campaign.

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Life on the Line 2020-21 campaign was exhibited across 200 Toronto Subway posters.

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Duncan McLean's "Subway" poster on the Toronto TTC Subway during the 2020-21 Life on the Line campaign.

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Early mental health intervention has a significant return on investment, reducing demand for services in the health care system.

The third bi-annual public art exhibition, fundraiser & education campaign, Life on the Line, will focus on youth mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.

The campaign consists of four main components:

 
PUBLIC ART
FUNDRAISER
EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN
LAUNCH EVENT

  GET INVOLVED   

Interested in a mental health workshop for a high school in Toronto? 

FUNDRAISER

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This campaign is fundraising for highschool mental health workshops in the GTA. 

Artists with lived experience are encouraged to submit new or existing works for exhibition on the TTC.

Stay tuned for our call for submissions in the upcoming months by signing up for our newsletter.

10 artworks about mental health will be selected for exhibition on the TTC Subway.

PUBLIC ART

WHY

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH?

10-20%
of Canadian youth are affected by mental health disorder

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

3rd highest
youth suicide rate in the industrialized world

To nominate a Toronto high school for a mental health workshop, click nominate a school below, including in your submission:
 

  • Full name of the school (including address)

  • A short statement on why youth mental health is important*

High schools will be contacted in order of nomination.

*may be shared in digital campaign; please do not share any personal information you do not feel comfortable being included

EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN

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Encouraging an open discussion surrounding youth mental health through a series of articles, interviews (with artists, CMHA staff, frontline workers, and more), and videos,.

Have an idea for educational content/storytelling you'd like to see? Please e-mail: megan@twentytwentyarts.com

We will be producing youth-focused mental health content and resources in collaboration with staff at CMHA Toronto.

BLOGS

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VIDEOS

LAUNCH EVENT

On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, we will be hosting a campaign launch party (location TBA) that includes:
 

  • Feature wall of works by semi-finalist applicant artists

  • Short panel discussion featuring selected artists, CMHA Toronto representatives and sponsors

  • Live painting and music

  • Silent auction

Our launch event will include an art exhibition, panel discussions, live painting, music, and a silent auction.

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GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER

We are currently looking for volunteers for the CMHA Toronto campaign committee.

SPONSOR

Help us make a big impact this Mental Health Awareness Week by working alongside us.

SHARE

Sharing our campaign helps us deliver more high school mental health workshops across Toronto.

WHY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH?

Youth mental health education facilitates:

INCREASED AWARENESS

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

EARLY INTERVENTION

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

COPING SKILLS

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

REDUCED STIGMA

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