Minds Matter - Project Snapshot
Written by: Farrah Laufer, Thushani Wijesooriya, Birva Pandya, Leah Lim-Tran, Nabeha Hafiz, Diya Deepu, Ekaterina Stepenski, Fatima Zaidi, Iman Ayyaz, Nicoletta Papamantriou, Arshiya Alam, Faith White, and Sasha Thomas – the Minds Matter team during the final meeting
In January 2021, about 15 volunteers in the Communications Crew decided that they wanted to focus their next efforts on the topic of mental health. Eventually, Minds Matter was picked as a team name and we broke off into two breakout rooms: one focusing on mental health resources, and the other focusing on positive mental wellness. For most of the project timeline, the teams focused on their separate pieces - and we came together to host a final event together on May 10.
Who are we?
The Resources Team: Farrah Laufer, Thushani Wijesooriya, Birva Pandya, Leah Lim-Tran, Nabeha Hafiz, and Diya Deepu.
The Wellness Team: Ekaterina Stepenski, Fatima Zaidi, Iman Ayyaz, Nicoletta Papamantriou, Arshiya Alam, Faith White, and Sasha Thomas.
We chose to focus on mental health because we must be informed about mental health because struggling with it can easily happen to us - or someone close to us. As community awareness for mental health becomes normalized; stigma reduces and the chances of early intervention increase - leading to faster recovery
Throughout the process of this project we have received support from Nelson Youth Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, ROCK, the New Mentality, and HDSB. This support has allowed us to receive valuable statistics and information regarding mental wellness in our community. Our panel event was open to everyone, giving the community a chance to learn about positive mental wellness.
Special shoutout to Saloni Kalia, Lindsay Sinclair, Lauren McCabe, Nikki Deschenes, Jennifer Paton, Elizabeth Anstee, Aditya Thakur and Jill Shaughnessy for meeting with us, answering our questions, and being so open to supporting our project needs!
Social Media Campaign Resources
Purpose: to spread awareness to youth about community resources regarding crisis counselling/mental health, and bring light upon mental health issues among youth
Local Resources - Birva Pandya
Mental Health Myths - Farrah Laufer