MP Ruimy partners with his Constituency Youth Council to propose local and national solutions to the youth mental health crisis.
PITT MEADOWS—MAPLE RIDGE – MP Ruimy is partnering with his Constituency Youth Council (CYC) to uncover and address the major challenges youth face in regards to mental health in Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge and across Canada.
Launched in 2016 by Ruimy, the Constituency Youth Council is a council of 17 diverse youth in Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge who gather on a regular basis with the MP to discuss a range of issues of which their findings and recommendations are reported back to the Federal Government for consideration. On their first official meeting on December 2nd, 2016, the CYC selected youth mental health as one of the most significant issues affecting young people in Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge.
The determined group of young leaders identified the common attitudes present in their local high schools and post-secondary institutions surrounding mental health, and expressed that negative attitudes are common, hindering the ability of youth to identify and discuss mental health concerns, as well as seek proper treatment. After lengthy discussions about both the challenges and the solutions, the CYC concluded the monthly meeting in an action-oriented manner, creating a subcommittee to turn their recommendations into reality. The group is determined to help create change in their local and school communities by breaking down the barriers to mental health discussion, and in turn helping youth receive support in one of the most pressing issues of today.
The CYC’s efforts are in line with MP Ruimy’s advocacy both locally and in Ottawa where he is working with fellow MPs to tackle Canada’s mental health crisis. Most recently, he has championed this issue through his work as a member of The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA), ensuring youth mental health is a key issue examined as part of the committee’s current study on a National Poverty Reduction Strategy. In Ottawa, MP Ruimy is also a member of the newly formed Liberal Mental Health Caucus where Government Members discuss issues and actionable policy pertaining to mental health in Canada.
“Addressing youth mental health in our communities is essential to tackling some of the most daunting social and economic issues we are facing today. Working with these brilliant young leaders in our community is essential to understanding the realities of youth mental health and how our community can appropriately respond to this crisis. I look forward to returning to Ottawa and bringing their ideas with me to present to my colleagues.” – Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge
“This issue is very important to me on a personal level, being a youth myself. I believe that we need to do all we can with the opportunities given to make a positive impact in this situation.” – Eva Cowley, CYC Member
“Because mental disorders often begin before the age of 25, it’s so important that we address this issue in our community from a young age. As young people ourselves, it’s such a great opportunity for us to directly share our ideas and solutions with the Government on an issue that impacts so many of our peers.” – Dallas Taylor, CYC Member