TAMI Logo Contest

 T.A.M.I. York Region



  1. Contest is open to individuals only.
  2. All entries must be original work and not similar to other logos or copyrighted material.
  3. The winning entry will become the sole property of the T.A.M.I. Coalition of York Region.
  4. No more than 3 Entries may be submitted by and one Entrant.
  5. Entries must be submitted by email to kearns@ycdsb.ca. Include the name, school age, email address and phone number of the Entrant.
  6. The winning logo will be selected by members of the T.A.M.I. Coalition of York Region. The winning design will be announced at the 2015 T.A.M.I. Summit.
  7. The winning Entrant will receive a $100.00 gift card from Best Buy.

2013 Prezi Resource Presentation

The T.A.M.I. Coalition of York Region has created a multi-media presentation that allows viewers to explore a variety of mental health resources. The presentation was created by representatives from the York Regional Police. Each person at the 2013 T.A.M.I. Summit was given a trendy wrist bracelet that contained the Prezi presentation on a USB memory stick. Zoom in on the images to explore resources and learn about mental illness.

This video, called Walk Away Together is from the Change the View contest sponsored by Children’s Mental Health Ontario. The video was a runner up in the contest in 2012. The movie is great because it directly addresses stigma and presents different ways to get involved in stigma reduction in schools.

This video from Active Minds Canada is a great example of a multi-media project designed to reduce stigma within a school culture. The introduction is made by Brittany Marshal a public speaker on reducing the stigma of mental illness and a resident of York Region.

Introduction – Our Active Minds at BrockU team wanted to design an initiative using a visual poster that brainstorms words that represent ‘WHAT HURTS’ and ‘WHAT HEALS’ regarding mental illness. We set up at Isaac’s and approached Brock students to encourage them to participate in our activity to get more students educated about mental illness! Let’s reduce the stigma and change the conversation about mental health!

Our 2011 Stomp Out Stigma Summit was held at the Town of Aurora Municipal building in Aurora. The Council chambers served as our central meeting and presentation space. It was a grand day with over 130 youth in attendance plus accompanying teachers and T.A.M.I. Coalition members.

Jesse listening

2011 Photo Slideshow

The 2010 Stomp Out Stigma Summit was held at the York Region Catholic School Board. Bob Heeney (Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences) and Patricia Preston (York Region Catholic District School Board) welcomes the full house of youth and teachers to the 4th annual Stomp Out Stigma Conference.

We were fortunate to have Cassie showcase her dancing talents. In this piece titled “I am a Prisoner of Words Unsaid”, she communicates the challenges of youth or anyone for that matter to speak up when they are subject to oppression and bullying.


TVO, in association with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), presents Mental Health Matters—an in-depth exploration of the state of mental health in our society. Mental Health Matters features television programming, extensive online resources and special in-the-community broadcast events to inspirit informed conversation on an issue that affects us all.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin


Guest Post: Children’s Mental Health: A Call to Action, A Message of Hope

Friday May 4, 2012
The following post was written by Gordon Floyd, President and CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. You can follow him on Twitter: @GordonFloyd.

The mental health of our children and youth is being talked about more and more every day. As it should be. Gone are the days when we thought that mental health issues were limited to adults facing adult challenges.

We have the numbers: One in five kids in Ontario struggles with their mental health. Less than 20 per cent of them will get the treatment they need.

Shame is one of the most challenging feelings we battle when we have a mental illness. Whether valid or not, the fear that we may be judged for being different, or for not being able to “snap out of it,” can be paralyzing.

How do we empower our young people to open up about their struggles, and, in turn, get them the help they need?

We need to be open and we need to be educated. Let’s remove the stigma from mental health and start talking about it.

Bill Wilkerson, founder of the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, has some advice for parents:

Rid yourself of the false perceptions and stereotypes of mental illness that may blind you to the needs of your own kids. Establish the mental health of your children as a necessary part of parenting and protection.
Approach the subject of mental health openly with your child. Explain why it is important. Have your child understand that his or her brain works with every part of them, and that it changes through life.
Wilkerson approaches the topic of anti-stigma through advice to parents, although it can also be tackled effectively in the context of peer relationships among kids.

Youth supporting youth in a non-stigmatizing way is of critical importance.

Today’s kids often communicate with one another through media, as much as through words. Youth are harnessing the power of social media to express themselves and make statements around serious issues like mental health.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario is hosting Change The View 2012, an anti-stigma YouTube video contest open to youth across Ontario. The level of participation has been outstanding. There is a hunger among youth to reduce the stigma around mental health issues like depression, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Join us on Friday, May 11 as we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, and the participants of Change The View 2012.

T.A.M.I. York Region



  1. Contest is open to individuals only.

The York Region T.A.M.I. Coalition is concerned about youth mental health and addictions. Specifically, we want youth to know where they can get help, and once they reach out, we want them to get help. Sometimes though, there is a little word – with big power – that stands in the way: Stigma.

In the 2011 CAMH report The Mental Health and Well Being of Ontario Students, for the 12 months prior to completing the survey:

  • 14% reported poor mental health, with a correlation between higher grades and reports of poor mental health
  • 55% reported that they sometimes can’t do anything right
  • 30% agreed that they do not have much to be proud of; 33% agree they are no good at all
  • 14% do not feel good about themselves
  • 41% reported feeling constantly under stress
  • 34% reported elevated psychological distress
  • 27% feeling unhappy and depressed
  • 6% reported anxiety and depression symptoms
  • 10% reported that they had seriously considered suicide with 3% attempting suicide

That’s a lot of young people who need our support.  Sadly, one of the primary reasons why people – including youth – don’t reach out is because of stigma. Some say the problem of stigma is more painful than the illness.

The T.A.M.I. Coalition has one overarching goal and that is to stomp out stigma. We believe every person has the right to ask for and receive help, without judgement.

The numbers tell the problem part of the story, working together to build awareness and acceptance, we can be part of the solution.  Stomp out Stigma. Together.

The T.A.M.I. Coalition is grateful for financial support from the following:

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