65% of all North American children with mental health issues go undiagnosed or untreated largely due to a low awareness of the symptoms and/or the stigma associated with mental illness.
— Dr. Koplweicz (Child Mind Institute Report - May 2015)

With up to one in five children experiencing a mental health disorder in any given year, the mental health of our community’s children is an issue that affects all of us. Without early diagnosis and treatment, these changes can have negative and lasting effects on their life, many times affecting them throughout.

But a child’s mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness. It’s about their capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance their ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges they face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being.

And each and every kid in our community deserves that.

The World’s Largest Sandbox event provides an incredible opportunity to reach out and engage individuals who might not otherwise attend an event about mental health. The appeal of the giant sandbox for families and children, and the location of the event in a busy area of Stanley Park, are what make the event so unique and attractive to the general public. By integrating dialogue about mental health with a truly fun, playful, active experience, we generate genuine excitement and curiosity about the topic, while also taking a step towards breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health challenges. Having this event out in the sunshine, at the centre of the park, sends the message that talking about mental health can happen in the open, and that it can be a positive experience.
— Kimberley Korf-Uzan - BC Mental Health | BC Children’s Hospital