SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing

How do insufficient resources, initial support and guidance impact youth in low-income circumstances regarding their relationship to mental health care?

Haley O’Connor & Meara Kenny

Individual Video Interviews

Groups got a chance to answer a few questions about their topic and the exhibition. 

Visualizing the Problem

While rhetoric surrounding mental health advocacy and de-stigmatization is constantly progressing, it is integral to prioritize focus on the experiences of marginalized populations within this discussion. With recognition of this importance, we have centred and developed our systems thinking and mapping project on the relationship, or lack-thereof, that youth who are impacted by low-income circumstances have with accessing mental health care.  


Delving into this complex systems issue, we conducted our research with the aim of furthering our understanding of the systems and models that perpetuate inequities for youth who struggle with their mental wellness. Our research highlights the most prominent points, which were that of systems in power, lack of initial intervention, lack of accessible literature, and the importance of trust and communication. 


Within research and systems mapping, we explored our topic through an approach of empathy and connectivity, values which we also found to be the most effective in building more accessible mental health systems for low-income youth.

Land Acknowledgement

MRU is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina and the Îyâxe Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.



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