A simple but effective youth engagement activity for mental health awareness

"It is nice to be important, but it is important to be nice." During my undergrad studies at the University of Windsor, I was a volunteer at the Peer Support Centre as a Peer Counsellor/Team Leader. As a team, we were responsible for holding events on campus to promote mental health and the Peer Support … Continue reading A simple but effective youth engagement activity for mental health awareness

Poverty, income inequality and social pathologies: Explaining Toronto’s gun violence epidemic

In 2016, almost a decade after “Summer of the Gun,” Toronto witnessed one of the city’s highest gun-violence incidents with 25 gun-related homicides between January and June of that year alone. By the end of 2016, there were 40 deaths accounted for gun violence. Despite the city's effort to curb gun violence, the issue has … Continue reading Poverty, income inequality and social pathologies: Explaining Toronto’s gun violence epidemic

The environmental movement and “green” capitalism

Today is World Environment Day 2018! Environmentalism has become one of the largest and most influential social movement to arise in the last century. Through a critical look into the environmental movement, ecological modernization, and corporate responsibility,  we look at how the movement has been adapted to “green” consumerism wit the illusionary ideology that consumerism can be compatible … Continue reading The environmental movement and “green” capitalism

#MentalHealthMay: Mental health and social media

It is evident that we can no longer talk about mental health without mentioning how our addiction to technology, our smartphones, and the various online platforms that we visit daily, can negatively impact our mental well-being. Increasingly, studies are showing the negative effects social media can have on our mental health.1 According to a report by … Continue reading #MentalHealthMay: Mental health and social media

#MentalHealthMay: How I keep myself mentally healthy

Last November, our youth committee, Youth in Partnership (YiP), hosted a mental health art contest asking young people in Windsor-Essex to submit an original art piece demonstrating how they keep themselves mentally healthy. The response was amazing!  Youth all across the city submitted incredibly creative and fun artwork pieces showcasing how they keep themselves mentally healthy. I was … Continue reading #MentalHealthMay: How I keep myself mentally healthy

#MentalHealthMay: For colored girls who have considered suicide

This week, May 7-13, was Canadian Mental Health Association's (CMHA) annual Mental Health Week. I have dedicated the month of May to covering topics around mental health and mental wellness. #MentalHealthMay  for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf is popular literature by Ntozake Shange. While I have not read the book yet, I was … Continue reading #MentalHealthMay: For colored girls who have considered suicide