Team Unbreakable Program Testimonials

Team Unbreakable changed my life

Kai, John Polyani Collegiate Institute

It truly is amazing to see what the kids can achieve, given the opportunity and the motivation. And you should see the smiles on their faces when they come to school on Monday wearing their t-shirts and medals…this program is having a significant school-wide impact. Thank you Team Unbreakable!

Program Lead, Toronto

Team Unbreakable brought out the best in my students.

Program Lead, Toronto

My favourite moments have been hearing from parents how they have seen their kids change throughout the program. One parent reported an increase in confidence as their child saw themselves improve through practice. Another parent told me that when their child is struggling with something, they remind them they are unbreakable and that helps them work through their challenge.

Anonymous Survey Respondent



Mental Health and Addiction Statistics
Prevalence and Incidence

  • – 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The remaining 4 will have a friend, family member or colleague who will.
  • – Mental illness affects thinking, mood or behaviour and can be associated with distress and/or impairment of functioning, with symptoms that vary from mild to severe.
  • – About 20% of people with a mental disorder have a co-occurring substance use problem.
  • – 1 in 10 Canadians 15 years of age and over report symptoms consistent with alcohol or illicit drug dependence.
  • – 3.8% of adults in Ontario are classified as having moderate or severe gambling problems.


Know the Signs

Many children and youth will exhibit some of the following characteristics and behaviours at various times during normal childhood development.

  • – getting significantly lower marks in school
  • – avoiding friends and family
  • – having frequent outbursts of anger and rage
  • – losing his or her appetite
  • – having difficulty sleeping
  • – rebelling against authority
  • – drinking a lot and/or using drugs
  • – not doing the things he or she used to enjoy
  • – damaging other people’s property
  • – worrying constantly
  • – experiencing frequent mood swings
  • – not concerned with his or her appearance
  • – obsessed with his or her weight
  • – lacking energy or motivation
  • – hitting or bullying other children
  • – attempting to injure him or her self

But these characteristics and behaviours may be signs of an underlying mental health disorder if they:

  • – are intense
  • – persist over long periods of time
  • – are inappropriate for the child’s age
  • – interfere with the child’s life.

Children and youth with the most serious mental health disorders, such as severe psychosis or schizophrenia may exhibit:

  • – distorted thinking
  • – excessive anxiety
  • – odd body movements
  • – abnormal mood swings
  • – acting overly suspicious of others
  • – seeing or hearing things that others don’t see or hear

Source: Children’s Mental Health Ontario