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The Ministry must reallocate funds further embracing decarceration and developing the readiness based framework that would help transform the lives of youth leaving state guardianship. (Shutterstock)

Ontario closes half of its youth detention centres, leaving some young people in limbo

Ontario closed half of its youth detention centres raising concerns around relocating youth from their communities and potential conflicts with current youth justice legislation.
March 31 marks International Transgender Day of Visibility. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Most trans and non-binary youth are supported and healthy despite stigma and discrimination

We need to commit to creating safe and inclusive environments for trans and non-binary youth, because when they have those supportive environments, they thrive.
Some Nigerians took to mass looting of warehouses containing COVID-19 food palliatives that were not distributed six months into lockdown. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Whose mental health suffered the most during COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the unmarried, the unemployed, the less educated and those from the northern parts of the country were most susceptible to psychological challenges associated with COVID-19 lockdown.
Significant reform of youth mental health care in Canada is needed to address the high rates of mental illness in young people. (Unsplash/Devin Avery)

Falling through the safety net: Youth are at the heart of Canada’s mental health crisis

High rates of youth mental illness show the urgent need for accessible, affordable and research-backed mental health care. It’s crucial to include young people’s voices in shaping these resources.
First year Western University students Sarah Pignatelli and Mason Shearer wait for a COVID-19 test in London, Ont., on Sept. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins

Young adults, unfairly blamed for COVID-19 spread, now face stress and uncertain futures

Media depictions of youth during the pandemic are distorting the actual experiences, practices and attitudes of young adults during COVID-19, as well as the pandemic’s impact on them.
Young people don’t pay attention to government communication on COVID-19 because they don’t like being talked at rather than listened to. Alexis Brown/Unsplash

Why young people tune out government COVID-19 messaging

Communicators must listen to the frustrations, fears and concerns of young people about COVID-19. Then they need to speak to them like human beings, rather than talk at them.

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