CREATING COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES THROUGH YOUTH-LED INITIATIVES FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Peace of Mind Canada was founded by Loizza Aquino in 2015. Her realization of the need for conversation surrounding mental health came to her when Winnipeg lost several high school students to suicide within the timespan of one month- one of the students being Loizza's best friend. The lack of conversation and action that occurred within schools across the city was an issue that could no longer be tolerated. Loizza sent out a tweet as a cry for help, wondering if anyone wanted to join her on the journey to creating youth-led change across the city. Peace of Mind's founding members were amongst those who contacted Loizza through the tweet, and from that moment the movement grew far greater than what was imagined.
The organization was originally named Peace of Mind 204, but was officially renamed in 2019 as Peace of Mind Canada. The "204"symbolized the organizations origin as it was the area code for Manitoba. The need to be renamed stemmed from the growth of the organization, as Peace of Mind events were being held in Toronto and Ottawa. Peace of Mind Canada is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization as of January 2019.
Peace of Mind Canada is a tribute to Loizza's lifelong friend, Miguel Labossiere, as well as all the people we have lost too soon through mental illness and suicide.
WHAT WE DO.
Peace of Mind creates a platform for young people to amplify their voices to shatter the stigma surrounding mental health. We are dedicated to creating an environment for youth to share their stories and experiences freely, while inspiring others with their perseverance. So far Peace of Mind Canada has reached over 2000 young people, and provided a platform for over 100 young people to share their stories. The Peace of Mind team is dedicated to continuously think of new and innovative ways for youth to help youth in the mission of eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health.
HAVEN - previously YAMHIS - is the main event hosted by Peace of Mind that allows youth to share their experiences and stories surrounding mental health. During HAVEN, Peace of Mind leaders will strive to ensure that participants will Hear, Advocate, Vocalize, Empower the silent but important voices within themselves and each other. Lastly, we will emphasize that Now is the time to take action. Our next HAVEN event is set to take place in May 2020.