We are seeking two speakers for our upcoming HEADSTRONG Youth Mental Health Summit on February 8, 2024.
About the event
The Canadian Mental Health Association and Mental Health Commission of Canada are partnering again to host the 9th annual HEADSTRONG Youth Mental Health Summit. The purpose of this evidence-based event is for youth to come together for a day of learning about mental health. They will hear stories from youth with lived experience, take part in thought provoking activities and then design action plans to take back to their schools and communities to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health. We are expected to have around 10 local middle schools in attendance (grades 7 & 8), as well as some community supporters and partners. This is a paid opportunity ($350). See this article about our previous February 2020 HEADSTRONG Summit: https://victoria.cmha.bc.ca/news/youth-gather-for-anti-stigma-summit/
We are looking for speakers between the ages of 19 and 30 with lived experience. The role for the room speaker would be to attend for the day and engage with students and teachers and help support CMHA staff around the event. The speaker would be part of a breakout room and would share their story around a mental heath experience with the small group. This will be a 15 minute talk with a 5 minute question and answer period. The speaker will also take part in a panel with the Keynote and other Room Speakers for 30 – 40 minutes. A morning coffee break and lunch will be provided.
In addition to the speaker attending the event on February 8th, they must also attend a prior practice session.
Apply by Wednesday January 24th, 2024
Chosen speakers must be available for a practice session during the last week of January.
Attend the event on Thursday February 8th, 2024 from 8am – 3pm.
Attend a following debrief to be scheduled after the event.