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Zine-ing the Past: What We Do (for fun and for passion)
I love creating art. For me, it's healing and restful, but also a chance to learn and grow. After a busy last year here, the team decided to take an art-base approach to reviewing out last year of work with partners all across Ontario.
The list is pretty impressive. We've had a busy year. Since April 2016, we as a team have done work in...
- Crisis Support: The Be Safe app has expanded into 30 communities across Ontario in English, French and Arabic. The app helps users make decisions about seeking help in a crisis, provides a safety plan, and shares safety information.
- Diabetes Transition: Working with London Health Sciences Centre, we are creating materials to support those transitioning from the child to the adult systems, with the goal of increasing the number of youth who continue to receive services, leading to better health outcomes.
- First Nations/ At-Risk Youth: With funding from the Department of Justice and in partnership with the Family Court Clinic and N’Amerind, mindyourmind is assisting in the creation of an eight-week program to keep at-risk youth out of the justice system.
- High School Graduation: Working in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto, mindyourmind partnered with the LesLois Shaw Foundation and The Spot to create a module to be used with grade eights to better prepare them for the transition to high school.
- Homeless Youth: Working with SKETCH in Toronto and a group of youth, mindyourmind co-created a journal with tips to get through the first year of being housed after homelessness.
- Stigma Reduction/ Unconscious Bias: Working with Javeed Sukhera with funding from Associated Medical Services-Phoenix Fellowship, we are furthering his research on unconscious biases within medicine and how this affect patient outcomes.
- Mental Health Transition Services: In partnership with the larger Transition Age Project, mindyourmind has supported the creation of a mental health walk-in clinic while sustaining an ongoing youth advisory committee.
- French Translation: Building on projects from last year, mindyourmind translated the:
- Youth Champions interactive game designed to help students educate their peers
- Substance Use and Abuse training module content
- Suicide Prevention: Working with a diverse advisory team, mindyourmind is creating a module based around information for peers, providers and families to have an open, honest conversation and reduce suicide rates.
- Knowledge Translation: An in-depth redesign of mindyourmind.ca is creating unique materials for different user types, creating a mobile-first website and better highlighting new materials co-created by youth partners.
- Systems Change: Be Change is an interactive platform that will allow young entrepreneurs to access funds outside the normal funding systems, while supporting organizations who want to learn how to better engage and transparently work with young people.
- Financial Literacy: Bringing Home the Bacon is an interactive game designed with content experts at Family Service Thames Valley's Credit Counselling Program to help youth learn more about credit, debt, savings and moving forward with a healthy financial plan.
- Youth Engagement Consultation: Working with PRISM, mindyourmind offers support around how to engage youth successfully over the term of this four year project!
- Social Media: We are constantly working to engage and share interesting and important content with youth, providers and their friends and families through the use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Melissa is a passionate gamer who envisions games as a way to create a better world.
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