“ …Language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating our experiences, helping us to define what we know, and finding a common sense of meaning…“
– Bessel Van Der Kolk
Young people living with depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide often don’t get the help they need. This is especially difficult for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and rural youth who experience disparities in access to quality care or are faced with care that is not tailored to their needs and reality.
You can help change that! The power to transform yourself and your community already lives within you. You are already a leader, whether you know it or believe it. Your own story is your most powerful tool for inspiring change, and you can harness it to help your peers and your community. With some new perspective, tools and confidence you can tap your own leadership potential and contribute to a world where mental wellbeing is a reality for everyone.
- Being a Young Leader and Advocate
- Telling Your Story of Lived Experience
- Working as a Team
Being a Young Leader and Advocate
There is a common misconception that you must earn a degree, get special training or have a fancy job to be a leader. However, you are an expert of your own lived experience and your voice has the power to motivate and guide others. Use these resources to learn more about your leadership style and creating a vision for change.
Telling Your Story of Lived Experience
Your first-hand experience as a young person gives you unique wisdom about what young people need to heal and thrive. Your story can be your most powerful tool to help people understand what is necessary to make real change. Use these resources to craft your story and motivate others to act.
Your story of lived experience with mental health challenges can illuminate the change that needs to occur to improve youth mental wellbeing in your community. Learn strategies for strategically sharing your story of lived experience in our Motivating Others with Your Voice of Lived Experience handout.
Working as a Team
Collaborating in teams can help us understand different perspectives, identify solutions to challenges and innovate for change. Great teams have a shared vision for change, know and rely on each other’s unique strengths and encourage healthy conflict. Use these resources to build strong teams that are inclusive, authentic and mission-driven.