The Defeat Depression Campaign understands the wide-ranging impact that mental illness has within schools and amongst youth. Fear of having a mental illness and the stigma that comes along with it, often prevents young people from admitting they have a problem and asking for help. 


Students are making significant strides in addressing mental illness within thier schools and communities by encouraging open discussion around depression and other mood disorders.


If you'd like to help bring awareness to this issue and help us fight stigma please contact us.


We are always looking for young people who are eager to be mental health champions in local schools and communities.


Maybe your school or group could organize a Defeat Depression Campaign and get people talking about mental health!


For more information, contact our Youth Engagement Coordinator at



Resources & Tools for Students and Youth


This is a place for youth and emerging adults to access information, resources and tools during tough times. Help yourself. Help each other. Share what you live and know.

  • Mind Your Mind: A place for youth and emerging adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times. Help yourself. Help each other. Share what you live and know.

  • Blue Wave Foundation: It’s the goal of BLUE WAVE to bring mental health issues to the forefront, talk about them, understand them and change them. Whether you’re suffering yourself or know someone who is, the change starts with YOU. The BLUE WAVE Movement is about increasing awareness, finding solutions, fostering hope and ending the stigma.

  • The Students Commission: The Students Commission was founded in 1991 with a mission to help young people put their ideas for improving themselves, their communities and their world into action. In the year 2000, The Students Commission became the lead of The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, which networks academics, youth organizations and young people together to provide research and training to improve youth programs and youth engagement in Canada.

  • The Healthy Aboriginal Network (HAN):  HAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of health, literacy and wellness. HAN’s main objectives are to educate youth about various social and cultural issues important to them using relevant forms of media (e.g. comics, videos), and to raise awareness amongst families and communities about issues affecting youth. The Healthy Aboriginal Network creates comic books on health and social issues for youth.

  • The Jack Project at Kids Help Phone: Promotes young people’s mental health by providing them with much-needed information and support as they move from late-high school into college, university, or independent living. We also equip key adults – parents, family members, and educators – with the knowledge they need to support the young people in their lives.

  • Teen Mental Health Org: Provides a number of resources based on the best available evidence about mental health and mental illness, and links of places to go. The site was developed as place to share information, resources, and help individuals move in the right direction towards understanding mental health.