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BIPOC LGBTQ2+ Allies
National Youth Mental Health Convention

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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Question for R. Maxine Awedalla;
Why BIPOC & LGBTQ2+ Allies Youth Mental Health together?

NCYMH is committed to people, all humans. We need to come together BIPOC & LBTQ2+ Allies and ALL humans and work together as one unified collaborative group. We are unified in our pain and hopes for a better future. We want all voices to be heard and changes to made. Our mission is to prevent childhood trauma, prevent pain and save lives.

On March 3, 2021, the National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health (NCYMH) will bring together speakers, youth, families, and communities from Canada and around the world looking to move the needle forward for BIPOC LGBTQ2+ Allies youth and EVERY youth.

Event Speakers 

Brooke Shaw

Brooke Shaw

Brooke Shaw is an 18-year-old Jamaican Ukrainian woman from Ottawa, Ontario. She has worked with YLAC, NYAC, Black Youth Forum, Black Excellence Club at Colonel By S.S., and in the past has won RBC’s Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. Brooke’s newest venture is her non-profit which works towards equity for women, run by women. Brooke’s specialization lies in anti-black racism, mental health and sexual education.

Michaella Shannon

Michaella Shannon

Michaella Shannon, is Nehiyaw (Plains Cree), Irish and Lakota from Frog Lake First Nation, AB.
She is a TV host and personality, model, actress, writer, facilitator and mental health support worker.
Although Michaella spends a majority of her time in the fashion, film and media industry, her true passion lies in helping her community and being a positive role model. Michaella’s goal is to shift the paradigm through visible Indigenous representation in the film and television industry, with hopes to change the way Indigenous people, specifically women, are portrayed in the media.
Michaella has a background in Sociology, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health advocacy through modelling, self-esteem and the sacredness of women workshops.

Cristal Hines

Cristal Hines

As a Black woman of Afro/Indo-Caribbean descent, Cristal Hines through her activism, community organizing work, consulting and various multidisciplinary metrics actively works to mobilize marginalized communities, particularly Black youth, women and families. As a recent graduate from the bachelor of social work program at Ryerson University and case manager for youth in criminal justice at Yonge St Missions, her work is anchored in developing strategies and tactics for addressing and redressing disparities in education, criminal justice and mental health amongst marginalized youth.

Kyrstin Dumont

Kyrstin Dumont

Kyrstin is a 20 year old Algonquin Anishinabe woman who resides in Algonquin territory. Kyrstin has spoken with organizations, school boards, churches and with government officials to help create a better understanding of indigenous issues. She is an activist , advocate and has been awarded twice for her work within the indigenous community.

Bryanna Brown

Bryanna Brown

Bryanna Brown is Inuk and Mi’kmaq from Nunatsiavut, Labrador. She came up with the idea to promote “Land Back” to advocate for sovereignty in Indigenous peoples, as well as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities, and land ownership as a means of environmental protection. She is on Indigenous Climate Action’s National Steering Committee and is a Community Support Worker working in anti-human trafficking for Inuit. She advocates for the rights of women, Indigenous Peoples, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), environmental injustice in relation to MMIWG, persons with disabilities, mental health, food security among Indigenous communities, human trafficking, children in the Child Welfare System, and immigration rights. 

Maya Spoken

Maya Spoken

Maya Spoken is a multi-disciplinary award winning Post-Secondary student artist, speaker, and activist, who has advocated for children and youth for the past four years, asking the Ontario Ombudsman to open up investigations into student discrimination and anti-human rights events. She is a good listener and is very focused on creating safe spaces so students can have a voice. She regularly reaches out to students, parents and community groups who need support, advice and navigation through the school system. She uses the gift of words to share her story, advocate for others and promote healing.

Ayo Sanneh

Ayo Sanneh

Ayo Sanneh is a 14-year old freshman at a high school in Texas and is very passionate about minority rights. She has spoken on many open forums to try to lessen the injustice occurring in my school system. Some of her interests are music, mental health, and art. She plans to go to Georgetown if all goes well.

Erin Kim

Erin Kim

Erin is a post-secondary student who has worked tirelessly to have on-site mental health services in universities. She works on a mental health committee that hosted two regional Mental Health Summits that were open to staff, students, and healthcare professionals within York Region. The committee also ran several stress-relieving and educational workshops for our students during the 2019 year.

Since then, Erin has been advocating for student mental health and wellbeing. She was a guest panellist for Global Education Student Chat’s discussion on Music and Mental Health as well.
Currently, in my second year of university, I am looking for more opportunities to spread the importance of mental health on campus.
Wendy Russell

Wendy Russell

Wendy is an experienced artist and national speaker with a background in mental health, media and theatre and film. She lives in Toronto and writes the bi-weekly art blog for NCYMH.

The virtual National Youth Mental Health Convention will focus on creating opportunities for support, as well as a platform for progressive conversations around creating the best – be it education, home life, opportunities, or income – for BIPOC LGBTQ2+ Allies Youth and All Youth.

This is the time to push past tolerance into understanding, and understanding into acceptance. This is about accepting that everyone’s story counts and this convention will amplify that conversation so that all voices are heard.

NCYMH, National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health launches virtual BIPOC LGBTQ2+ Allies National Youth Mental Health Convention

Event Highlights:

A dynamic panel of speakers, including Canadian actor, producer, and transgender advocate Elliot Page!

“If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” Zanele Muhoji

“Remember this, whoever you are, however you are, you are equally valid, equally justified, and equally beautiful.” Juno Dawson

The National Collaboration for Youth Mental Health presents a virtual BIPOC LGBTQ2+ Allies National Youth Mental Health Convention.

PROGRESS IN YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH NOW: It’s Time for Progress in Youth Mental Health for BIPOC Youth, LGBTQ2+ Allies Youth, ALL Youth. We need to expect progress and we need to receive the BEST….

Best Home Life – with the basic necessities of housing, food and employment, 

Best Education – free of unconscious biases

Best Environments – where we can feel supported, accepted and validated,

Best Experiences – which fill us with hope, faith and make us laugh,

Best Opportunities – which give us opportunities to express ourselves fully, give us income and a path to true personal success,

Best Interactions – we need to unconditionally accept each other, welcome each other and consciously seek to understand each other minute by minute in order to be mentally healthy and maintain our HOPE in a better future than yesterday. 

Best Minute by Minute Progress – We can move forward together by sharing perspectives and learning skills, finding resources which support us and help us cope together.

Register here and receive updates on conference schedule and details.

Questions? Email: progress@ymhconference.ca

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This virtual convention will also showcase a group collaboratively working to Improve Mental Health in Education by Increasing youth autonomy, choice, and consent in our schools as one of many Interactive presentations and workshops.