The New Mentality (TNM)
is a provincial network of youth and adult allies working to amplify the voices of young people to influence change within the mental health system and beyond. Through a partnership between Lutherwood and KW Counselling Services, we our proud to bring The New Mentality to Waterloo Region. We call ourselves “Ignite”.
Our work is based in the belief that young people experiencing mental health challenges are able to contribute to building and improving the mental health system. We are working towards breaking down the stigma associated with mental health while advocating for easy access to mental health care in our community.
Being a member of Ignite, is also about valuing your lived experience, being an expert in your own mental health journey, valuing the lived experience of others and recognizing that together we have important life experiences and wisdom to contribute. To do all of this, we create brave spaces with support structures to ensure that each young person can speak openly and safely about their experiences.
Interested in Joining?! We meet bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7. Bus tickets can be provided for transportation support.
What Happens at Ignite Group Meetings?
The group meets bi-weekly (except during the summer) at the KW Counselling Services site located at 480 Charles Street E in Kitchener. Meetings are scheduled for 2 hours and snacks are provided. We begin each meeting with a check in or ice breaker activity. During the meetings we discuss the goals for our group, brainstorm ideas around how we will support our vision, assign or complete tasks as a group, and prepare for upcoming planned projects. We also set time aside to simply enjoy time together including social outings, holiday parties, pizza nights, etc.
Our Ignite group is motivated to reduce stigma regarding mental health and to engage in our community to share the voices of youth with lived experience.