MILE 5 – Mental Illness Literacy Education – 5 Day Program
MILE 5 is a program that promotes mental health literacy and decreases stigmatizing attitudes in young people. The program prepares youth to reach out when they need mental health support, and seeks to change the social stigma around mental illness so that youth who do reach out do so within supportive, empathetic and educated communities. The engaging curriculum includes speakers who talk about and take questions on their lived experience with mental illness in their youth and their journey of recovery. The program is delivered by youth-focused and highly-knowledgeable staff and it incorporate speakers with lived experience of mental health issues, who complete ten weeks of speaker training through the CMHA.
MILE 5 is delivered in the classroom during one school period over five consecutive days primarily to students in grades 7, 9, and 11.
The week is structured as follows:
- Day 1: Developing an understanding of stigma
- Day 2: Developing an awareness of different kinds of mental health concerns
- Day 3: Building empathy among each other using interactive exercises and videos
- Day 4: Listening to the stories of two people with lived experience of a mental health problem discuss their personal, hopeful story of their journey of recovery that impacted them in their youth
- Day 5: Finding your “Resource Ripple”, an activity that connects youth with resources available to them in their school and their nearby community. Students learn about resources available to them.
MILE 5 Speakers
For a copy of the full evaluation of the MILE 5 evaluation report, “Opening Minds in High School: Results of a Contact Based Anti-Stigma Intervention MILE 5, Winnipeg CMHA,” click here.
Youth Mental Health Promotion Worker
Youth Mental Health Promotion Workshops
For information and to request Youth Mental Health Promotion Services workshops, click here.