What Is The #1MillionCampaign?
An initiative to fund One Million Counselling Sessions across Canada.
Founded and operated by You Are Collective, this campaign works by providing support to grassroots organizations offering traditional and non-traditional counselling and mental health services throughout the country. Our vision at You Are Collective is a world with no stigmas, we want to champion a movement that gets us there. Being part of the conversation helps to do this, which is why we want to encourage people to share their stories, challenges, experiences, and triumphs while making sure they have a safe and accessible place to do so.
No one person experiences the same journey as another which is why we recognize the many different resources and tools available to care for our mental health and illness. We're starting with a lofty goal of One Million Counselling Sessions because we've experienced first hand the monumental impact counselling and group support has had on us, our relationships, our boundaries, and so many other things. Our passion to share the help and encouragement we received and continue to receive has instilled a dedication to making counselling of all kinds accessible to ALL.
We're partnering with charities and organizations across Canada to help provide funded counselling and therapy sessions. Counselling and therapy can come in a variety of formats, from traditional talk therapy to art and music therapy to yoga, breath work and other support groups. #JoinTheMovement + see how you can be part of the #1MillionCampaign.
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Donate To The #1MillionCampaign
There are so many incredible initiatives and organizations in our communities across Canada, creating impact. We want to support as many ventures as possible and with changemakers like YOU, we can do SO MUCH!
As of Fall 2020, You Are Collective supports the following community partners through the #1MillionCampaign:
Connect Counselling - donations go to services for individuals on the trauma counselling waitlist.
YMCA Okanagan - donations go to mental wellness programs for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Childhood Connections - donations go to the 'Playful Healing' program to fund free play and child life therapy for families in need.
We encourage you to take some time to learn more about the above organizations making change in the Okanagan. They are always up to exciting, innovative projects!!
Please reach out with any inquires about becoming a community partner to firstname.lastname@example.org, we look forward to collaborating!
Together We Can Make a Difference
1 in 5 Canadians reported needing mental health care in 2018 with 1 in 3 Canadians experiencing a mental illness.
HALF of those citizens needing mental health care went with their needs either partially or entirely unmet.
The greatest barriers in trying to access care were discovered to be affordability and accessibility. Individuals don't know where to go for help and even if they do, they can't afford it.
FAST FORWARD two years and the whole world is living through a global pandemic. You can bet the numbers have increased.
In April 2020, 46% of Canadians classified their mental health as "good, poor, or fair" one month later that number rose to 52%.
If we can continue to do our part in sharing our experiences, resources, and where people can go for help we can start to break down barriers. If we can make sure when someone does get the courage to seek help that it's provided, we can start to save lives.
How YOU Can Join!
We know One Million is a pretty big goal, hopefully you're wondering how you can be part of it too!
1. Wear the message! Shop now www.youarecollective.ca + all proceeds will go to funding 1,000,000,00 counselling sessions 🤝
2. Join us at our upcoming events + workshops! Follow us on Instagram to see what's coming up! 📲
3. Donate to the #1MillionCampaign! Have a few extra dollars kicking around? Tap the donate button anywhere on this page and choose an amount that works for you (you can customize this and don't have to use the preset amounts)! 🙌
4. Support someone in need! Sponsor a Local Counselling Card to be distributed to those in need www.counsellingcard.com 💳
5. Champion your own event, workshop or project in support of The #1MillionCampaign (Check out other champions below!) 🎉
6. Collaborate with us! Are you an individual, business or organization who wants to #JoinTheMovement? Send us a message email@example.com! 🙏
7. Volunteer with us! Although many in-person events have been put on hold, volunteers positions come in all shapes and sizes; inquire by sending us an email firstname.lastname@example.org! 💞
8. Use your voice! We're so passionate about keeping the conversation going, and we know you have stories too. Share your experiences to help #endthestigma! 🗣
What Is You Are Collective (YAC)?
You Are Collective is an Okanagan-based Social Enterprise. The organization is focused on ending the stigma around mental health and illness through empowering apparel, sharing living experience, and community events. Founders, Rebecca and Michael, had been living through their own separate mental health journey's and noticed an immense lack of support and understanding.
The stories of people waiting months for care sounded unimaginable, until they waited more than a month and a half to receive their first covered counseling appointment. The news that people, friends, and family are dying by suicide because they can't get the help they need or don't know where to go for support sounded unimaginable. Until Rebecca and Michael ended up in the hospital not caring if there would be a next day.
The #1MillionCampaign is something YAC is excited to share and work on to make a greater, focused impact in the mental health and illness community. Each apparel item purchased includes a minimum donation of 10% to the #1MillionCampaign along with additional donations, event proceeds, and residual revenue.
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Co-founder, You Are Collective
Co-founder, You Are Collective