Children First Canada and its partners declared #codePINK in May 2021, urging Canada’s First Ministers to take immediate action to address the mental health crisis affecting children in Canada. Code Pink is the medical term used to indicate a pediatric emergency.
The requested call for action includes immediately planning the safe reopening of camps, parks, and other recreational facilities as quickly as possible, and planning now for a safe return to school in the Fall. There is also a push for government leaders to scale up virtual care programs, reduce backlogs for surgeries and rehabilitation, and invest in new models of mental health programs to meet the urgent and rising demands. The #codePINK movement has received extensive national and international attention:
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many deleterious impacts on children and youth. A recent poll commissioned by Inspiring Healthy Futures has found that:
No action has been taken thus far to support the future generation. Children First Canada is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Premiers to call off #codePINK by taking urgent action to ensure children receive immediate and sustained support for their mental and physical health.
To support the #codePINK movement and advocate for governmental responsibility for the health and safety of Canadian children, join the cause through social media. Draw a pink emergency cross on the palm of your hand, take a selfie while holding your hand up to the camera, and share this on social media, explaining why you are declaring #codePINK.