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mindyourmind Meets Royalty

mindyourmind recently had the honour of attending an intimate, women’s empowerment event in Toronto, where we met with Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex (daughter-in-law of the Queen) as well as Her Honour The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario!

Hosted by BMO and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (a global program with the goal of challenging, empowering, and recognizing youth between 14 and 24 years old), this luncheon event focussed on discussions around women’s issues and how our role as mentors can help to ensure young women feel empowered to act as champions and advocates for various issues they face. One of the core themes discussed was mental health, and we were honoured to be invited to speak to this.

It felt like such a privilege to meet and personally speak with a member of the royal family — especially one who is so involved in, and passionate about, human rights issues. It was quite powerful to speak directly with Her Royal Highness around the topic of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the work she is doing for women who have experienced sexual violence.

One main objective of the day was for the attendees to be a part of an effort ensuring that female voices are not only heard, but also valued and sought out. I absolutely felt like this was achieved in the room that day. Hearing the voices and insight of women from varying walks of life, of different marginalized populations, who have faced various adversities and exhibit incredible resilience and strengths, all working on creating change in their own ways, made for a moving and powerful day. A lot of great conversations took place, and the topic of mental health seemed to weave into many of them.

I feel incredibly grateful to have been a part of those conversations, for being hosted by powerful women who recognize the importance of having these conversations, and for their commitment to working towards positive change for a better future for everyone. After all, young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they’re the leaders of today! Empowering them on the topic of mental health is an integral part of that.