I also met some COURAGEOUS youth who were willing to share that they too struggled with a mental illness or battled something very great in their life which changed their whole outlook of things for them. I was inspired to hear these individuals speak so openly about their struggles and what they have done for steps in order to change their lives around. This makes me very happy to know that there are local young people who are willing to be so open despite the stigma that still encompasses youth mental health. These conversations certainly made my heart happy.
Another highlight of the day is that I got a lot of the youth to smile and chuckle when I actually told them what "B.S". stood for. I find that these days, a person needs to be real especially with issues that face youth. To stand up and act professional is a good thing however when dealing with youth- you need to get down to a level where they understand and can relate. So, being real and calling the BullS#!T for what it is.... YOU BET! This is an "in your face" campaign but the youth were all for it. They were totally down with promoting the BullS#!T that they have been told. They agreed that they have problems too and it does not make any difference if they are young or not- they still affect them.
All and all- a great morning, great turn out and 100 signatures to add to the count. I am sure that there will be more coming from youth online who were not willing to sign right then and there but will take interest to see what it was all about. Anyone who wants to learn more about "Let's Call B.S." is encouraged to visit their website at callbs.ca and see how they too can change the way youth mental health is viewed. Its time for Canada to get on the wave because change is happening! Get Ready!!!