Welcome to the ProjectBe resource page! One of the main priorities of ProjectBe is to raise awareness about our three pillars. Explore some key resources below to learn more.

Youth Mental Health

Many mental health problems start in childhood and adolescence. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that one in five, or 1.2 million, children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reports that young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.

Refugee Settlement

Canada has an exceptional history of welcoming refugees and is the second largest resettlement country in the world. Since 1959, Canada has resettled almost 700,000 refugees. After less than one year, 90% of Syrian refugees resettled in 2015/2016 reported having a strong or very strong sense of belonging to Canada.

Over 46,000 refugees were resettled in Canada in 2016, of which 47% were minors. But children are resilient. By learning, playing and exploring their skills, they can find ways to cope, drawing strength from families and communities.

According to UNHCR Canada [PDF – 208KB], particularly vulnerable groups of refugees include: women and girls at risk, family members seeking reunification, survivors of violence or torture, those with medical needs, and children at risk.

Addressing Homelessness

In 2014, it was estimated that over 235,000 Canadians would experience homelessness within the year.

According to Employment and Social Development Canada, over the five-year period from 2010 to 2014, an estimated 450,000 people used an emergency shelter.

Although the annual number of individuals using shelters has fallen from 2005 to 2014, shelters are being used more intensely. Overall demand for shelter beds has increased due to longer shelter stays, especially by families.

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