Nanaimo Youth Volunteers Host Series of Mental Health Workshops – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Young people in Nanaimo want to talk about mental health and are opening lines of communication over the next few weeks.
Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo, a group of youth community volunteers, is bringing back its Living in Color youth mental wellness workshop series via Zoom from Thursday, February 10 through March 17.
Youth 20/20 Can member and series organizer Hayley Wiersma said last year’s workshops were a success as they drew up to 40 attendees for some of the Zoom calls. This year’s topics – chosen by members of Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo in consultation with other chapters – include PTSD and childhood trauma; anxiety; coping skills, self-care and compassion; staying active for mental health; body types, that’s OK; and community engagement, awareness raising and anti-stigma.
“These are topics that young people wanted to see happen,” Wiersma said. “It’s really exciting that we’re reaching out to young people and finding out what they’re up against or what they want to know more about and how to deal with it.”
One of the workshops that interests him the most is the series finale on March 17, when the Canadian Mental Health Association‘s Resource Development Coordinator, Lauren Sykes, will talk about stigma.
“Just talking about mental health is so huge, so I’m looking forward to hearing how it’s going and what the speaker has to say about community engagement and what we can do to raise awareness,” said Wiersma said. “I think we still need more mental health care work and more resources, but I think people are thinking about it and thinking about it and actually recognizing that it affects people and it affects a lot of people. ”
Members of Youth 20/20 Can recently waved signs at the Norwell Drive pedestrian overpass to promote the message that ‘mental health matters’ and Wiersma said it was a ‘cool experience’ to collect so much support that day.
“It was really good to see and kind of an eye opener…” she said. “Either these people were honking because they had mental health issues or they knew it was important.”
The series of workshops will take place every Thursday between February 10 and March 17 at 7 p.m. on Zoom and is open to young people aged 15 to 29. The meeting ID is 880 9676 2059 and the password is youth2020. For more information, email [email protected]