What'cha been up to, mindyourmind?

As mindyourmind's Program Manager, Melissa cares deeply about helping those struggling with their mental health. Her weekly blog, 'Radical Transparency', helps break down barriers by sharing the inner working of the program and fielding qustions from users. She is also a passionate gamer who envisions games as a way to create a better world.

So we applied to a award sommittee this week (fingers crossed!) and I ended up creating a list of the different kind of work we've done/ are doing from March 31 2016-2017. I thought it'd be an interesting thing to share. We had a short conversation at our team meeting today about what our underlying goals are in the work we do, and I think this gives some intersting insights. 

Love to hear thoughts on the future direction of the program if anyone has any!

This year, we've done work in the areas of...

  • 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.
  • Post-secondary Mental Health: Partnering with Kids Help Phone and the Centre of Excellence, we are working to determine the future direction of the Good2Talk program, including expansion through technology into different modalities.
  • High School Graduation Rates: 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.
  • Re-homed/ 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
  • Dual Diagnosis Support: We are preparing a module to assist young adults who have both mental health concerns and Autism to ensure that providers who primarily work in one area to better understand the complex situations their clients may face. 
  • 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.