Lutherwood and KW Counselling
1770 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 1H5; 480 Charles St E, Kitchener ON, N2G 4K5
We wanted to do something that would make a big impact on other youth in our community, so we decided that we would like to focus on public education and sharing our experiences. In particular, it was important for us to get into the schools so that we can connect with our peers and fill the gap that we believe exists in local schools surrounding mental health awareness. This was a HUGE success. We managed to speak at almost 20 different events, ranging from large public events to smaller classroom talks. We spoke to school board administrators, teachers, mental health workers, executive directors and peers.
We also want to focus on expanding our group to different agency programs and to reach youth in rural areas.
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.