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With an OPEN Mind Program - iPod Contest for Youth!

With an OPEN Mind Program - iPod Contest for Youth!
iPod Contest for Youth!

Date: 2010-11-30    [Revised: 2010-12-20]

Contest Now Closed!

Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness?

St. Joseph's Care Group, along with several partners, is working collaboratively with youth who have experienced mental illness and/or addiction illness to develop a multi-year anti-stigma program called Youth With an OPEN Mind. The program aims to reduce the myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness and addictions in Thunder Bay.

Youth With an OPEN Mind has several key messages including:

  1. Talking openly is the first step towards identifying mental illness
  2. Often friends are the first to notice symptoms of someone in the early stages of mental illness
  3. Getting help early is the first step to preventing serious mental illness
  4. Mental illness is treatable and people can recover

Our youth group has helped develop a website, with great information, quotes, and mental health links/contacts. We are currently running a contest on the website until December 19th, 2010. Youth are eligible to win an iPod by simply visiting the site and completing a short quiz. The contest is open to students of all ages in Northwestern Ontario.

To enter the contest visit and click on the iPod link on the top right hand corner. Visit the site to learn more about mental illness and help improve your mental health!

For more information about the program, or to become involved, please contact Jessica Cordes at 807.346.5226 or

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