By Shona Douse, Communications Assistant
CAMH and Healthy Debate have launched a new partnership with the creation of the site, Our Voice Matters. It features the stories of four CAMH Youth Advisors using their voices to make mental health care more effective and youth-friendly.
The four youth featured on the site are members of CAMH’s Youth Engagement Initiative based out of Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health. The goal of this program is to facilitate collaboration between youth with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use with decision-makers at CAMH.
On the site, the youth share their stories and experiences with mental illness and the mental health system. As a result of their experiences, they have become advocates for youth engagement in the system, knowing that youth voices can create programs and services that are helpful for other young people. “All we want is for projects to be accessible for other youth, says Chloe Camacho, CAMH Youth Advisor. “Using our voice to help other youth empowers us.”