Start the Discussion
The goal of M.I.understanding is to create a community of support. We believe in the art of storytelling to start a conversation.
Working with community partners, the stories have been developed to increase awareness and understanding, and give families, schools and caregivers the tools to comfort, encourage and support children struggling with anxiety.
We are not a mental health organization. M.I.understanding is a communication tool designed to educate families and connect them to the resources available to support children who are experiencing mental health issues. Our videos are designed to start a conversation. Watch as a group, as a family, or send to a friend. Early intervention is the key. Through storytelling, M.I.understanding’s goal is to help build empathy, understanding, and resiliency. Let’s start a conversation that makes everyone feel supported.
What Does M.I. stand for?
M.I.understanding is looking to change the way we think about mental health in kids. 70% of childhood mental health can be treated if caught early and yet most families are embarrassed or unaware their child needs help. Many kids suffering with mental health issues are labeled as naughty or difficult. Empathy and understanding will go a long way to helping these children develop the tools they need to deal with mental health issues as teenagers.
This project consists of a series of videos along with accompanying resources on a website channel dedicated specifically to childhood mental health. The concept is endorsed by Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program) as well as the Thames Valley District School Board (Mental Health Strategic Planning Committee).
This program has been developed in partnership and with the support of The Mary J Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic, Faculty of Education, Western University, the Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board, Vanier Children’s Services and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program, LHSC.