WHAT IS HAVEN?
HAVEN (previously named YAMHIS) is a youth-led mental health event that is designed to create a safe environment for young people to share their stories and experiences surrounding mental health. The day-long event consists of young people taking the stage to speak about their struggles, and for many of them it is the first time they have ever shared it with anybody. The courage that youth display when stepping on the stage is an empowering moment to be apart of as you witness their growth and healing through simple conversation. Peace of Mind believes that conversation is a powerful tool that everybody has access to, but the stigma often stands in between a youth who is struggling and the call for help to access resources.
Young local talent such as singers, dancers and poets also take the stage throughout the day to share their support of de-stigmatizing mental health and to show other youth that there are healthy alternatives to use as an outlet to express feelings, emotions and stories.
To conclude HAVEN, a designated time for an open-mic session is allotted to any individuals in the audience who may want to share their story. Many people come to the event with no desire to meet new people or share their story, but every single event we have been blown away with the influx of individuals who decide to take the stage after being inspired by others.
Feedback from HAVEN include individuals sharing stories about what has impacted them from the event, explaining that hearing stories have helped them get help and help others, and for some people they mentioned that it had even saved their life. Peace of Mind Canada has bared witness to the power of simple conversation and will continue to create a platform for young people to finally be heard.
WHEN IS THE NEXT HAVEN?
The next HAVEN will be set to take place in April 2020. More details coming soon!