Hodan Mohamud, Co-Chair
22, Sault Ste. Marie
Heyo! My name is Vic, I am a 22 year old mental health advocate from Sault Ste Marie. I’ve been apart of The New Mentality since I was 15 when I started a youth engagement group in my hometown, and this is my 3rd year on the YAC! I am most passionate about mental health services in Northern Ontario, LGBTQ+ & transitional-aged youth, although overall I am passionate about all youth accessing the services that suit them, when they need them. Outside of the YAC, I am a Child & Youth Worker who is also in school to become a 9-1-1 Dispatcher. When I’m not at work you can find me snuggling with my cat Finnigan, making some tie-dye, or finding the perfect spot to watch the sunset! While this is my final year on the YAC, I’m sure you’ll see my face changing this world long after our cycle wraps up!
My name is Gregory and I am 17 years old. I live in Vaughan, Ontario and I am a strong advocate for children and their well-being. In particular, I focus on those who are often underrepresented in society, such as those with visible or invisible disabilities, and multicultural individuals. I am a part of the Youth Action Committee as I want to give a voice to those who currently aren’t able to adovate for change. Those who struggle with health related issues, whether they are solely related to mental health, or are intertwined with their physical health, everyone deserves the best support possible. I firmly believe that regardless of the perceived competency of a youth, they deserve to have their opinion heard and accounted for when making decisions that may impact them.
Hi my name is Nneoma Achioso. I’m 21 years old and currently reside in London, Ontario finishing up my undergrad degree at Western University. It has only been a few years since I discovered that I have a strong passion for mental health. I realized mental health is something I want to not only learn more about, but I also want to contribute to breaking down the walls of stigma surrounding it. In recent years, I have also gained some lived experience with witnessing how the various aspects of the mental health system work, and sometimes not always for the best interest of the patient, specifically those from BIPOC community. As a black woman, I can understand how intersecting identities can disproportionately impact access to services and result in differential treatment by healthcare providers.
Being a part of the Youth Action Committee provides me with the opportunity to be a voice for my fellow BIPOC, while tackling the complex issues within our child and youth mental health system. I hope through our policy work we can commence the start to a more equitable and accessible mental health system for all youth.
Victoria is a 25-year-old mental health advocate from Hamilton, Ontario. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queen’s University, and she plans to pursue a Master of Social Work degree in the near future. Victoria has lived experience navigating the complex mental health system in Ontario. She has experienced several gaps in services and has fallen through the cracks many times. Her experiences have led her to become the passionate activist she is today.
Victoria is currently working as a Youth Trustee, supporting marginalized youth from a range of backgrounds with social assistance and other social services. She sees firsthand how contextual and socioeconomic factors such as poverty, geographical location, and home environment, can affect a young person’s health and mental health.
As Victoria enters her second and final year on the YAC, she is eager to learn more about the unique experiences facing youth across Ontario through youth engagement initiatives. Victoria is passionate about advocating for policy change and creating a more equitable mental health system.
16, Richmond Hill
Madison is a passionate advocate for mental health advocating with her New Mentality group based in Toronto and on the provincial Youth Action Committee. She has a fierce voice and is a strong advocate for more inclusive mental health services for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
We are incredibly lucky to have such bright and enthusiastic leaders from across Ontario. Our 2020 Youth Action Committee is eager and excited to share with you all in the next coming weeks the work we’ve been up to! To learn more about the Youth Action Committee click here.
If you have any questions please contact Fizza Abbas, Network Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org