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CASA Youth and Family Advisory Council

YFAC is currently recruiting members! If you are a youth or family member with lived experience in accessing children and youth mental health services, please fill out the application form, or email Madeleine Lowe, Youth and Family Advisory Liaison, at MLowe@casaservices.org for more information.

The Youth and Family Advisory Council (YFAC) informs, guides and advises CASA on creating an organization with an approach to care, policies, procedures and practices that puts those we serve at the centre of our decisions and service model. YFAC membership comprises:

  • Youth ages 14-22 with lived experience in accessing mental health services in Alberta; and

  • Caregivers and family members of children and youth who have accessed mental health services in Alberta
     

YFAC and its subcommittees are not therapy groups and cannot offer mental health advice.

The CASA Youth Subcommittee

Formerly the CASA Youth Council, this subcommittee uses lived experience, skills and knowledge to uplift the voices of youth with mental illness within CASA and within the broader community. They work to challenge bias in professionals, internalized stigma in CASA clients, and stigma against youth with mental illness. Initiatives revolve around sharing youth voice with the CASA community, on social media and with CASA staff.

The CASA Family Subcommittee

Formerly the Family Advisory Council, this subcommittee uses lived experience, skills and knowledge to advocate for the voices of families affected by child and youth mental illness within CASA and within the broader community. They work to challenge bias in professionals, internalized stigma in caregivers accessing CASA services, and stigma against children with mental illness in the broader community. Initiatives revolve around sharing caregivers’ perspectives and experiences with the CASA community, social media and CASA staff.

Mental Health Presentations

The CASA youth subcommittee offers presentations on mental health to youth audiences! Presentations are composed of research-based information on mental health as well as the personal stories of resilient youth who have worked through their own mental health challenges. Presentations are delivered by trained youth presenters. Book a presentation for your classroom or group here.

 

Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine

Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine is a mental health publication created by the members of the CASA Youth Subcommittee (formerly CASA Youth Council). Unseen works to provide a youth lens on various aspects of mental health. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our spirit with you, and hope you can take away some new knowledge from our words.

 

Printed copies of all issues of Unseen are available; please click here if you are interested in a printed copy. You can download the latest version, as well as previous versions, below:

Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine (issue one)

Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine (issue two)

Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine (issue three)

Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine (issue four)

Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine (issue five) - NEW!

 

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in Unseen: Youth Mental Wellness Magazine are those of the members of the CASA Youth Council and do not necessarily reflect the official position of CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health.

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