"Youth really want to be leaders in creating solutions for the challenges that they're facing."
OXFORD COUNTY - A report about youth mental health and suicide has been released by Social Planning Council Oxford.
The council used Facebook to reach out to youth and gain some insight.
Executive Director Ashley Farrar tells Heart FM about their findings.
"Youth really want to be leaders in creating solutions for the challenges that they're facing. They're happy to have adults walk along with them on that but they really want to be the ones who take the lead and they just need the support of adults in order to do that."
The report also concluded that youth feel misunderstood.
Farrar says the report has been sent out to local agencies and community members.
"Our hopes are that as our community continues to mobilize to address the needs of youth and to create policies and programs that support the youth in our community that they'll consider what the youth have said and what we have captured in this report."
This report comes after five young individuals committed suicide in Woodstock earlier this year.