Youth Mental Health Educator from our Youth Wellness Program
Jamie’s advice/inspiration for others
My advice would be to understand that life is an incredible journey with twists, turns, challenges, and triumphs. Remember that each step you take is a chance to grow, learn, and create a better version of yourself. Remember that mistakes are not a sign of failure, but rather stepping stones toward success. Every misstep is a chance to learn, adjust and improve.
Surround yourself with a supportive community. Friends, teachers, mentors, and family members can offer guidance, encouragement, and a listening ear when times get tough. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed; seeking assistance is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Lastly, remember to take care of yourself. Control the things you can control such as eating well, exercising and spending time in nature. Practice self-care and find time to pursue your interests outside of your studies.
Jamie’s favourite memory at CMHA
My favourite moments would be doing mindfulness presentations in class to youth ages 12-25 years old, helping students learn about stress reduction. Mindfulness techniques teach youth about being present in the moment, reducing stress and anxiety and promoting a sense of calm and balance. Promoting focus and concentration, emotional resilience, self-compassion, empathy social skills and healthy coping mechanisms to help manage stress and anxiety.
Why Jamie chose to work at CMHA
CMHA is a well-respected social service organization that supports and promotes mental health for youth and adults. CMHA brings people together, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose to help and support those who are struggling with mental health-related challenges.
Youth represent the future of our world. Supporting their mental health and well-being ensures that the upcoming generations have the tools to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and confidence.
CMHA helps break stigmas, as mental health issues have long been stigmatized, often leading to silence and isolation. CMHA openly discusses and addresses mental health concerns and encourages individuals to seek help when needed.
How our Youth Wellness program supports our community
Youth who participate in CMHA’s Youth Wellness Program are better equipped to manage stress, make sound decisions and excel academically and professionally. Early intervention and support significantly reduce the risk of lifelong struggles, promoting better long-term mental and emotional well-being.