The Stigma Stoppers at Skylark Youth Services

Toronto


Agency

Skylark


Adult Ally

Fiona Lacey

Email Fiona

416-482-0081 ext. 269

We are a group of youth who want to make a difference. We are passionate about mental health because we’ve been impacted by it or have seen the effect it has had on our friends and family. We are three youth facilitators, and with the help of our adult ally, we meet weekly to take on a project to help Stop Stigma!

Our projects

This year, we focused on using DIY self care activities as a vehicle for a conversation on mental health and mental wellness. We created a workshop that set up two different stations with crafts at each station, and our group members led a conversation on stress reduction and self care (station 1) and sharing your story and being an ally (station 2). We hosted a workshop at SOY, a workshop at The Studio, and hosted a booth (with short activities) the Runnymede Collegiate Institute and at the Uptown Pride BBQ. We created a pamphlet of resources at Skylark to hand out at the events.

 

We are also creating Mental Health First Aid Kits. Similar to how First Aid Kits for physical injuries and ailments are common, we want to break the stigma of mental health by showing how important it is to practice self-care for your mental health, in the same way you would apply a band aid for a cut. We’re filling our Mental Health First Aid Kits with things that are calming and comforting, such as tea, a journal, a colouring book, a CD with breathing exercises, a stress ball and more!