This website was created to help young people identify and understand the mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to the skills and strategies they need to manage these problems. Recognizing signs early and finding ways to deal with them increases the chances of better long-term outcomes and mental wellness.
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 would not have been possible without our supporters and the numerous community organizations, schools, parents, and youth and young adults who have worked collaboratively with us throughout this initiative.