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About ThriveSMH

ThriveSMH (Thrive School Mental Health) is School Mental Health Ontario’s Student reference group. ThriveSMH members work with SMH-ON’s team of educators, mental health professionals, and partners to make sure that we are providing the kind of support students want and need.

Meet the team

Pronouns

she/her and they/them

Grade

12

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2019

Region

East

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I am involved in this group to help all students find a safe place to talk about mental their mental health.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is being an outside hitter in volleyball.

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Northeast

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined this group to be a voice for the student’s mental health, and to be part of reducing the stigma of mental health to create a society where students don’t need to be ashamed about their own well-being.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill that makes me a better person is having empathy for others.

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

8

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH because I am passionate about promoting positive mental health and well-being. I am also looking forward to collaborating with a diverse team of passionate students across Ontario.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is creative problem solving. I love addressing challenges in my community through creative initiatives.

Pronouns

he/him

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

West

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

West

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I am very passionate about mental health and am very interested in mental illnesses as well. I would love to de-stigmatize mental health and promote positivity in schools across Ontario.

What’s your super skill?

I consider myself to be an artist and I love all types of arts and technology. I even create the visuals for my school’s mental health page!

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2019

Region

Toronto

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH as a way to further my understanding of mental health and give back to my community.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is my creativity.

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

12

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH to help destigmatize mental illnesses, advocate the importance of maintaining your well-being, and to create practical mental health resources for fellow students.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is taking notes while watching a tv show/movie.

Pronouns

she/her and they/them

Grade

8

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH because mental health is a topic near to me and I want to do anything I can to help break the stigma!

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is spending all of my time reading really, really fast.

Pronouns

he/him

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

East

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH for the experience and for the ability to help others. As a child, my parents always told me to get out there and experience what the world has to offer. However, they also told me that it’s important to care for others. I’ve taken some of my first steps and took my chance with ThriveSMH, I find this is a opportunity I will forever be grateful for.

What’s your super skill?

I believe a major super skill of mine is my ability to motivate myself. Motivation is defined as “intrinsic motivation–skills such as curiosity, passion, purpose, autonomy, and mastery. It also refers to all the skills required to sustain motivation over the long haul: persistence, grit, resilience, the ability to delay gratification, the ability to overcome fear, and goal-setting.” I personally find that I can match myself to many of these characteristics.

Pronouns

he/him and they/them

Grade

9

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

West

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I wanted to play a part in bettering the Ontario mental health curriculum, while also working to destigmatize mental heath talk around the school.

What’s your super skill?

I am an amazing advocate for myself and others. I’m also a very likable person and find it easy to make others feel welcomed.

Pronouns

Any

Grade

12

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2021

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined Thrive to encourage equity in mental health and destigmatize treatment especially for young masculine people.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is sarcasm.

Pronouns

she/her and they/them

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH in order to advocate for equal access to student mental health, meet people who are just as passionate about social justice as I am, to learn and share ideas to promote well-being!

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is that I am double jointed in my thumb, pinkie toe and can turn my tongue into the shape of a flower!

Pronouns

he/him

Grade

9

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

East

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

To help improve student mental health across ontario.

What’s your super skill?

Public Speaking

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2021

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH because seeing the disparities in mental health among youth spiked a passion; having an opportunity to amplify student voices in a way that addresses the intersectionality of the issue, that provides me with a toolbox to help my community.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is questioning the entire existence and the world itself simultaneously, all while trying to eat lunch.

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Toronto

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH because mental health is an important topic to me, I love editing and helping people each day.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is editing.

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

11

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Northwest

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH to enable open conversations about mental health and advocate for students mental health and well being. I believe that it’s important for students to participate in conversations that are about them and use their voice to talk about experiences and ideas.

What’s your super skill?

My ability to create welcoming environments and conversations.

Pronouns

she/her and they/them

Grade

12

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH to make a difference in how mental health is seen in school boards as well as how it’s addressed in classrooms and homes.

What’s your super skill?

Caring, compassion

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

9

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

East

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

I joined ThriveSMH to educate myself and others on mental health further. As someone who is interested in learning new things, especially about the human mind, I strongly believe that everyone should be informed about mental health so they can help themselves and others.

What’s your super skill?

I’d say that I’m fairly good at creating/scripting media (i.e slideshows, templates on Canva).

Pronouns

she/her and they/them

Grade

9

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Northeast

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

To help spread awareness about mental health.

What’s your super skill?

I’m good in social situations and I’m good at helping people.

Pronouns

she/her

Grade

9

What year did you join ThriveSMH?

2022

Region

Central

Why did you join ThriveSMH?

Becoming apart of ThriveSMH, I desired to promote mental health awareness and student well being. Pursuing my goals, I would love to extend community understanding of mental health concerns in hopes of removing the stigma. All to make it easier for individuals to seek help.

What’s your super skill?

My super skill is my creativity, leadership & teamwork.

How to get involved  

You have the power to make a difference in school mental health. You can start by taking care of your mental health and supporting your friends. But you can also get involved with activities at your school, school board, or with us to help more students.  

Your voice matters. To learn how you can get involved to impact mental health at your school or school board, speak to your guidance counsellor or principal/vice-principal about opportunities at your school.

About the Student and Parent/Caregiver Engagement Team 

School Mental Health Ontario’s Student, Parent and Caregiver Engagement team focuses on centering the voices of students, parents and caregivers in conversation about mental health and well-being within the school environment. We work with adults and students to ensure that the ideas and perspectives of students, parents and caregivers are included in school mental health. This includes:  

  • Working with students, parents and caregivers to hear their opinions and perspectives.   
  • Amplifying student, parent and caregiver voice.   
  • Working with school staff to coach and support student, parent and caregiver engagement initiatives.  
  • Developing tools to support inclusive and effective mental health awareness, learning, and wellness promotion activities for students.

Meet the team

Student Engagement Team Lead

Bachelor’s degree in psychology and health studies, and a master’s degree in public health

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about health promotion and sharing knowledge. There’s a lot to learn when you listen and hear about people’s experiences, it makes working in education and mental health much more meaningful and authentic. 

What do you do to care for your mental health?

To take care of myself, I like to find a recipe to cook with good music blasting. 

Student Engagement Team Coordinator

Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Health Geography 

What are you passionate about?

I strongly believe that good mental health sets a positive foundation for many life experiences, including education. There is no one who better knows what students want and need to support their mental health than other students.  

What do you do to care for your mental health?

I like to work out to recharge my energy and clear my mind. 

Parent/Caregiver Engagement and Literacy Lead

Master’s in Social Work   

What are you passionate about?

My objective is to help students/families/caregivers achieve positive mental health and overall wellbeing through education, system navigation, and advocacy by removing barriers that hinders their journey in life. 

What do you do to care for your mental health?

I take long walks, read, connect with family and friends, and when weather permits, garden!  

Student Mental Health Literacy Lead

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Registered as a Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario  

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about making learning about mental health and well-being a regular part of school, just like learning about physical health. There is no better place to reach children and youth than in schools, and no better time to learn information and skills that can benefit them the rest of their lives.   

What do you do to care for your mental health?

Walking—especially outside early in the morning when it’s quiet  

Student Engagement Portfolio Lead

Master’s in Education & Master’s in Social Work – Registered Social Worker  

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about resource mobilization and ensuring that the voices of marginalized populations are amplified and centered in conversations about mental health promotion and literacy. 

What do you do to care for your mental health?

Self-care for me means making a deliberate effort to disconnect from the noise and reconnect with my inner self. In order to do that I typically journal or meditate. Those practices help me re-center and recharge.  

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