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YouthNet / RéseauAdo

YouthNet / RéseauAdo is a bilingual by youth for youth mental health promotion program at CHEO. YouthNet offers alternative support services for youth aged 13 to 20. We strive to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness through prevention and intervention activities, education, research, and advocacy.

All our programs are led by our trained facilitators aged 20 to 30 and are supported by clinical back-up resources.


  • Focus groups: These groups give youth the chance to talk about mental health and illness in a confidential and supportive environment.
  • Presentations: Mental Health/ Mental Illness and Stress and Depression
  • Girls Talk: This is an eight-week, activity-based, self-esteem group for girls aged 13 to 19. The program is designed to prevent depression.
  • Guys Talk: This is an eight-week, activity-based, mental health promotion and risk-prevention program developed for male youth aged 13 to19.

Youth Initiatives:

  • Pens and Paints: 10-week initiative that focuses on coping with stress through visual arts and creative writing.
  • Free Ride: five-week initiative that runs in the winter. Youth learn how physical activity can help them cope with stress through snowboarding.
  • Take a Hike: eight-week summer initiative that focuses on outdoor physical activity such as hiking or canoeing as a good way to deal with stress.
  • Yoga 4 Youth: six-week initiative that focuses on breathing, posture and relaxation as a great way to cope with stress.
  • Youth Advisory Committee (YAC): a youth advocacy group that works towards promoting mental health and destigmatizing mental illness. The members meet on a weekly basis and work on a wide variety of community or Youth Net projects.

In the summer of 2010 the Ottawa Police Service and YouthNet launched a series of communication products. The initiative was aimed at increasing awareness about the challenges of youth living with mental health concerns among police officers, police dispatchers, school resource officers as well as youth and the community at large. 

The communications products developed include: five Fast Fact Sheets about youth mental health concerns; a pocket-sized pamphlet containing crisis intervention information for youth seeking counseling or support, and an Ottawa Youth Mental Health Resource List

If you are 13 to 20 years old and want to join one of our programs please contact us at 613-738-3915 or email

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