“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.”
Often children go through life reacting to change, struggles, and development. They can feel overwhelmed and anxious. What if they had the foundation to be proactive, to navigate life’s ebbs and flows with ease, confidence and grace. Navigating the world of social media, peer pressure, friendships, relationships and changing family circumstances can feel overwhelming. Having a neutral party to talk through their feelings can help them find their own voice, innate strength and courage to thrive in the face of adversity.
Whether it be to sort through struggles, embrace their potential or uncover their resilience, our conversations are focused on helping them awaken and embrace the greatness within and encourage them to show up in the world just as they are.
Working with children and youth is my passion. I believe one of the most valuable things we can do for our children is to point them to the mental health, innate resilience and well-being they were born with – I call it the super YOU power. When they see the power they have within they are equipped to be proactive and approach situations in their lives embracing their inner wisdom, courage and strength.
I work with children and youth individually, in workshops and within organizations.
“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.”
In October of 2019 I took on an amazing new opportunity to bring a fabulous campaign started in the UK to Canada. My Mental Health Rocks is a campaign targeted to children, adolescents and young adults promoting wellbeing, resilience and raising awareness of our innate mental health and wellbeing.
We Need You!
If you are interested in having a workshop at your school, becoming a facilitator, teacher training or funding our workshops please reach out.
BACKGROUND: In August of 2019, the campaign was launched in England by co-founders Leanne Macdonald and Julie Brown. Within the first month, over 850 schools registered and the campaign went global (Canada, Scotland and will soon be available in a number of other countries).
VISION: To deliver a fully-funded workshop to as many primary, middle, and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities as possible.
- 10% of children between the age of 5 – 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue.
- 70% of mental health issues are established by the time a child reaches the age of 142.
- An estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness—yet, less than 20 percent will receive appropriate treatment.
- In Canada, young people between 15 and 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
- In 2016, suicide accounted for 19% of deaths among youth aged 10 to 14, 29% among youth aged 15 to 19, and 23% among young adults aged 20-24.
- To introduce key words associated with wellbeing and support the children and youth in exploring them;
- To explore with children and youth where their innate wellbeing has already supported them;
- To introduce the nature of thought and the thought/feeling connection; and
- To support the children and youth to understand how they can feel disconnected from their wellbeing, but they are not.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR SCHOOLS?
Our workshops promote wellbeing, resilience and raise awareness of our own innate mental health, supporting children to have a greater sense of self and understanding of how they work. Staff and parents are encouraged to attend and also report a greater sense of wellbeing.