Youth Mental Health and Addictions Council

Youth Mental Health and Addictions Council


Meaning & Purpose, Quality Relationships


Youth who are 16 and 25 and the organizations that serve them.


To assemble and support youth in leadership and active participation, in the implementation of initiatives impacting young people.

The Youth Mental Health & Addictions Council was established in 2016 through London Health Sciences Centre’s Transition Age Project (TAP) in partnership with mindyourmind. The vision for YMHAC is to be an expert resource, leader, active participant and key voice in the collaboration and implementation of initiatives across the system of mental health and addictions impacting young people in the London-Middlesex community.

With the conclusion of the TAP initiative in Spring 2019, the Mental Health INcubator for Disruptive Solutions (MINDS) of London Middlesex offered to undertake backbone support and stewardship for YMHAC to carry on its significant work. MINDS is a groundbreaking, social innovation lab aimed at solving complex community mental health system challenges with a focus on co-creating system and service level changes that might optimize well being for youth and young adults in the London-Middlesex community.

YMHAC’s mission is to promote youth-centred practice in youth mental health care through advising and guiding hospital programs, initiatives and community agencies/organizations through authentic leadership, influence and decision making. YMHAC’s goal to promote youth voice and participation that aligns with the goal of MINDS to develop and research system-level change that leads to the development of Meaning and Purpose, Resiliency, and Quality Relationships for transition-age youth (TAY).

Peer Support Guidebook

With Covid-19 reducing the ability of the YMHAC team to work with many local organizations, YMHAC redirected there efforts into creating a book aimed at supporting youth in supporting their friends. Research shows that youth mental health has declined through the Covid-19 pandemic, and more and more youth were finding themselves dealing with new issues of depression, anxiety, PTSD and more. 


From the introduction of the book:

“This peer support guidebook aims to get more youth talking about mental health and self-care, to be a resource used in schools and hospitals by youth and their caregivers, to help youth understand different types of issues beyond depression and anxiety, to address myths about different disorders, to reduce the stigma about mental health and addictions, to let youth know they are not alone, and help them feel seen on their unique road through recovery.”