Meet The Regional Team

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Afiya

Grade 7

I joined YouthTALK because want to get more information of what mental health and wellness is so I can help others.  I look forward to the important and engaging activities that I will do in YouthTalk to help the youth.

After coming into YouthTALK, I have gained better understanding of what mental wellness/ illness is.  I have learned of various coping strategies and resources that can help the youth.

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Ariq

Grade 9

I joined the YouthTALK group to engage in entertaining activities to enthusiastically find ways to improve our mental state. I really enjoy being a part of this team and hope to continue participating in these joyful, and meaningful events to improve the mental well being of ourselves and others.

I learned the importance of mental health and ways to improve our mental condition. I learned that you can do simple activities to improve mental state such as, playing a sport, drawing a picture, reading a book, and other simple activities that will put your mind on something else.

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Bree

I’m Bree and I was in Grade 8. I joined YouthTALK because I wanted to make a difference and contribute to my community. At first, I wasn’t sure where to start, but as soon as I heard about YouthTALK and what they do, I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of their amazing team. YouthTALK has given me so much and continues to teach me new things. I’ve always been a shy and quiet person, but YouthTALK has helped me tremendously in getting the confidence I need to speak up for myself and advocate for what is right. It has also taught me so many important life lessons and skills that I will continue to use as I grow. This program has helped me be more aware and see things from a different point of view. I have a better understanding of the different emotions and issues other people may be experiencing.

YouthTALK has been one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences I’ve ever had. I feel that since being a part of YouthTALK, I am wiser, more educated, and more compassionate than I have ever been. In YouthTALK, I feel like a valued member, and being able to incite change and help others is so fulfilling. YouthTALK is a place to raise awareness about mental health and provide resources for the community, but it is also so much more than that. It is a place where people can speak freely about mental health without judgment or stigma, a place that pushes others through new learning experiences and creates meaningful change in our community. At first, I wondered if YouthTALK would be too challenging or scary for a shy person like me but I am so glad I joined. Without YouthTALK, I don’t think I would have blossomed into the confident and outspoken person I am today."