Hey y’all! You may have seen me on The New Mentality’s website under their blog section. Some of you may recognize me and some of you might have been like who is this??? Well … I’m Zibby! I’m going to tell y’all a little bit about me and what I’m doing here. For starters, some things about me are that I like to read, I like to cook, I love poetry and music, I love crazy adventures, and busting a gut laughing. I definitely laugh at myself too much, and just think I am the funniest person. I am definitely going to be that person that grows old and has a thousand cats. I aspire to be like Beyoncé and just be completely incredible no matter what. But, on top of all of this I love being an advocate for mental health.
My journey started as a youth advocate for New Horizons, which is the Huron Perth Centre’s New Mentality group. Let me tell you, this all happened on accident but I feel like it was meant to be. So a few of my friends decided to go to student services in our high school for a completely different reason. But they happened to be in the right place at the right time, they were recruited into this group and then later wrangled the rest of the friend group in as well. Granted at the beginning I didn’t have a full understanding of what mental health was and I didn’t necessarily take everything seriously. And with that is how I was introduced to The New Mentality and to the incredible experience of Disable the Label. Which really made me get my act together. From grade 10 to graduation the others and I took part in a lot of advocating for mental health, through presentations on stress, doing different activities in our high school, and learning more from other groups along the way. We also took part in our own fundraiser and then did our own mini Disable the Label in our community.
After graduation as you may have read in my first blog I wasn’t sure what to do. I knew that I wanted to continue advocating because it was something that I loved and also was at war with the fact that I had my own little family in this group, and felt that if I did join another group that I would be kind of betraying my original group. However, that definitely wasn’t the case because we are all in this together (que High School Musical pun) as advocates and we all have the same goal. So I joined Let’s Face It at Lambton College.
I was able to do incredible things by helping to provide a safe space for students, teaching them about stress and coping skills, and engaging them in activities throughout the school year. I also had the privilege to go into high schools, to share my story and to help teach students about mental health and finding support. It was important for me to show that youth voice matters too, that their experiences and struggles are valid, and to show they deserve to receive help.
A little more about me is I am a third year Child and Youth Care student at Lambton College, and I already have a culinary degree. It is my passion and goal to bring change into the mental health field and to do more with the education I have when I graduate, and to make sure everyone has the ability to access the support they need in order to live the best life they can, and to be their most authentic selves.
As an alumni of The New Mentality I wanted to stay connected and to participate in as many Disable the Label conferences as I could. So I was very fortunate to be able to participate in Disable the Label 2020. As well as, be given the opportunity to become one of the social media ambassadors for The New Mentality. Now I haven’t done much blogging in my life before this but already it is something I enjoy very much. I love offering my perspective and talking about different things in life. So that’s a bit about me! Stay tuned for some more blogs in the near future! Stay wild y’all.
Thank you to Zibby our Youth Media Ambassador for sharing with us a little bit about himself!
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