This project has allowed me to collaborate with others in my community I wouldn’t have ever talked to otherwise. I joined to have a fun time and learn about mental health and this project has allowed me to do both of these things. ~ Sienna

5 communities. 5 youth-led community solutions

mindyourmind will be working in five different communities across Canada where we will be: engaging with young people to provide the space for them to harness their power and lived experience, which will positively affect mental health and wellness. We accomplish this through our open and inclusive Design Labs, where young people thrive, co-creating meaningful coping tools for themselves and their peers.  Our goals for the project are:

1. Mental Health

We are passionate about reducing stigma and bringing awareness to our global community about mental health and wellness.

2. Youth Participation

We understand that young people have the expertise, experience, and excitement to drive community change. Youth are the experts and need a platform to express themselves.

3. Leadership

We believe in building up our young people and do this by empowering youth to take the lead with their projects, and becoming leaders in their communities.

4. SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Young people are given the opportunity to develop their skills in: event planning, facilitation, grant writing and fundraising, marketing, evaluation, and more! We want our young people to have transferable skills to bring forward into their lives.

5. SOCIAL CHANGE

Some of the most passionate advocates are young people themselves. By leveraging their skills and assets they can address social issues and create the change they want to see.

HEATHER

PROGRAM MANAGER
 

Kathryn

youth LIAISON
 

JUSTIN

RESEARCH & EVALUATION LEAD

CAROLYN

CURRICULUM DEVELOPER
 

kYLE

graphic & WEB DEsigner
 

MICHELLE

CREATIVE LEAD
 

SILENCE

WEB & COMMUNITY DEVELOPER

Scarlett

Youth Development Coordinator

Marnie

Engagement, Partnership Coordinator

ELORA

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

nATHAN

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER
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about mindyourmind

mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. We work with young people aged 14-29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

We do this through our Design Studio model, in which young people work directly with facilitators, content experts, and designers to brainstorm, design, and develop our projects. Our goals are to promote wellness, reduce the stigma around mental health, and increase access to community supports, both professional and peer-based.

At mindyourmind, young people are valued as experts in their own experience and choose to engage in whichever way makes sense for them. Youth are involved in everything that we do, every step of the way. We explore, co-create and prototype using iterative cycles that involve youth and adult partners to discuss and design what matters to them in mental health.

The organization operates like a family. I have always felt valued and supported, and they have inspired me to value and support others in the same way. I have developed many meaningful and reciprocal relationships from this organization. ~ Oline

Everything we do originates through interaction with youth and the professionals who serve them. Working alongside young people, every actor in the system has the potential to make meaningful change in how we conceptualize and ensure the mental well-being of Canadian youth. mindyourmind impacts systems change by increasing the capacity of young people to reach out, get help and give help through the use of technology, engagement and research-informed innovation.