About six months ago, I created a facebook page called Champions for Community Mental Wellness. I created the page because I had identified a need in my community to have a place to post upcoming events relating to child, youth and family mental health. My vision for the page was not only to highlight events coming up, but to also feature some of the great programs and services offered in my community, as well as honour the champions within our community.

While the page has slowly gained momentum, I realized that limiting my page to facebook isolates myself from those who do not use this social media platform. I decided I would take the leap into blogging – I am not sure how good at it I will be, so please be patient!

So, what do I hope to accomplish with this page? Well, a few different things, really.

First, I want to use this platform to expand my original vision to include and highlight initiatives from across the province of British Columbia, and also across Canada. My hope is by featuring some of the “out of the box” initiatives relating to child, youth and family mental health that are happening in communities across Canada, it can inspire other communities to take on similar initiatives.

Second, I would like to feature people who are champions of child, youth and family mental health across our country. If you know of someone you would like to see featured, please email me and let me know! I really believe that we need to build up and honour the champions in our lives – they sustain us on our journeys in many, many ways. Anyone can be featured as a champion – if there is someone who has made a difference in your life, please share (with their permission, of course!).

I also hope to feature different resources, links, online blogs, and inspirational graphics relating to child, youth and family mental health. The more knowledge we have, the greater difference we can make!

Finally, my wish is to share stories that capture resilience, courage, understanding and most of all hope. There is great power in storytelling, I honestly believe this is where we need to start to create a new awareness of the family journey when a child/youth has a challenge. I welcome submissions for guest posts from individuals who live with mental health challenges, family members, educators, professionals who work within systems, and community members.

I invite you to join me in this work in progress, and I encourage you to join in by posting comments and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate your patience as this gets started, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Karen Copeland


on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1j7zMlo

on Twitter @KarenCopeland3

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