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Project FYI - February to September 2011
Project FYI is a project that asked young people how they access online help and how professionals can improve online content to better suit the needs of youth looking for mental health information.
For Your Information... and... Forward Youth Initiative!
Mental Health Commission of Canada (Big Bosses looking to influence change), mindyourmind (Project lead looking for answers), Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (co-facilitate National Youth Advisory Board with mindyourmind), AND US - the YOUTH!
We wanted to improve online content to better suit your needs (the youth).
A group of twelve youth! Our backgrounds are varied, we are: Canadian, Somalian, German, Turkish, Persian and American. We also had the help of another youth named Michael to create the logo for us.
It is important to know what research means. Research involves information, data, knowledge, consultation, statistics, talking to people, surveys, and experiments.
It is important for youth to know how to locate credible information so they aren't misled!
Research conducted without you doesn't take youth into perspective.
Researchers are not young people and a gap can exist.
Research findings need to feel relevant and the best way to ensure relevancy is to involve youth at every phase.
We asked the youth questions about attitudes, beliefs as well as the negativity linked with mental health issues. For an example, if someone has a mental health issue how would their peers treat them and what are others thoughts on mental illness? The more important question we asked these youth is what can be done so that mental health isn't seen as a bad thing as much?
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