Mental Health Matters

Our Impact

Hear what our previous participants had to say about our programming

Our Impact On Youth

Sadia

“Participating in the weekly program “The Sisterhood Program” with Mental Health Matters has made a positive change in my life as a South Asian woman. This initiative has brought to light the importance of mental health, teaching me the practice of prioritizing my well-being through insightful group discussions, valuable self-care strategies, and a genuine appreciation for the diverse perspectives and support within our community. Throughout this program, I have gained a sense of belongingness and developed strong relationships with the lovely women attending the program. The dedicated program coordinators, Alif and Abirami, have consistently organized vibrant sessions with inspiring guest speakers, facilitating creative activities, and introducing new experiences for us, such as candle making and attending a Raptors game. Making each session a fun and enjoyable experience for all. I’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and the friendships I have formed thanks to MHM<3”

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Rafidah

As a teenager who has gone through many different difficult experiences that shaped who I am as a person, Mental Health Matters helped me go through these situations with their guidance. Every session we learned something new about Mental Health, and given my own life, I had to deal with many things and my go-to was always to sleep through it, which isn’t very healthy. I would use what I learnt from the sessions and later implement more healthier coping mechanisms in my life. Now, when I have stressful days, I use skills I learnt from MHM so I have fewer negative states of mind than positive.I am very thankful for the MHM organization as they have given me a sense of hope and community for my mental health, through my most difficult times.

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Sumayyah

Regent Park’s Mental Health Matters (MHM) is vital to creating and maintaining a healthy, inclusive, and vibrant community. I am beyond relieved and grateful to have come across the opportunities and resources provided by this establishment. The Sisterhood Program, an initiative under MHM, left me with a meaningful impact cemented by the memories and reflections. There was a sense of safety and belonging within the space, and the facilitators ensured that we all felt heard and took pride in ourselves. In addition, the program strengthened my work ethic and leadership abilities and gave me the tools I needed to overcome adversity. I am eager to explore future endeavours provided by Mental Health Matters. If you’re looking for mental health services or simply want to get active in the community and have access to free counselling from a licensed therapist, I highly recommend it!

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Sadia

“Participating in the weekly program “The Sisterhood Program” with Mental Health Matters has made a positive change in my life as a South Asian woman. This initiative has brought to light the importance of mental health, teaching me the practice of prioritizing my well-being through insightful group discussions, valuable self-care strategies, and a genuine appreciation for the diverse perspectives and support within our community. Throughout this program, I have gained a sense of belongingness and developed strong relationships with the lovely women attending the program. The dedicated program coordinators, Alif and Abirami, have consistently organized vibrant sessions with inspiring guest speakers, facilitating creative activities, and introducing new experiences for us, such as candle making and attending a Raptors game. Making each session a fun and enjoyable experience for all. I’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and the friendships I have formed thanks to MHM<3”

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Rafidah

As a teenager who has gone through many different difficult experiences that shaped who I am as a person, Mental Health Matters helped me go through these situations with their guidance. Every session we learned something new about Mental Health, and given my own life, I had to deal with many things and my go-to was always to sleep through it, which isn’t very healthy. I would use what I learnt from the sessions and later implement more healthier coping mechanisms in my life. Now, when I have stressful days, I use skills I learnt from MHM so I have fewer negative states of mind than positive.I am very thankful for the MHM organization as they have given me a sense of hope and community for my mental health, through my most difficult times.

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Sumayyah

Regent Park’s Mental Health Matters (MHM) is vital to creating and maintaining a healthy, inclusive, and vibrant community. I am beyond relieved and grateful to have come across the opportunities and resources provided by this establishment. The Sisterhood Program, an initiative under MHM, left me with a meaningful impact cemented by the memories and reflections. There was a sense of safety and belonging within the space, and the facilitators ensured that we all felt heard and took pride in ourselves. In addition, the program strengthened my work ethic and leadership abilities and gave me the tools I needed to overcome adversity. I am eager to explore future endeavours provided by Mental Health Matters. If you’re looking for mental health services or simply want to get active in the community and have access to free counselling from a licensed therapist, I highly recommend it!

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Mishika

Being a part of the MHM Sisterhood program has allowed me to connect more with my community and peers. Mental Health continues to be a taboo topic that isn’t spoken about, and having opportunities to share with others helps create a dialogue and shows that no one is struggling alone. Being in your 20s and navigating friendships can be complex and confusing. It can often feel lonely and disconnected as everyone is in different stages of life; I often felt like I was the only one feeling these challenges. The MHM Sisterhood Program allowed me to hold space with other women navigating similar thoughts, situations and challenges. Having this sense of community allowed me to have the opportunity to share my thoughts and seek comfort from those around me.

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Huda

“A few years ago, I experienced a difficult and dark period of depression figuring what to do with my life When it comes to reaching out I had a hard time expressing my emotions to others because I felt that I was being a burden. One day I stumble a flyer around the neighbourhood that promoted a Mental Health Matters group for Youth and Yonge adults. I figured to give it a try and see how I feel. Ever Since attending the group, Mental health matters has helped me so much to better understand mental health. I met amazing facilitators, guest speakers and also made friends along the way. Overall I definitely recommend this group”.

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Hamshaa

“ MHM’s programming has been an incredible experience. Being part of the Sisterhood Program cohort has introduced me to wonderful friendships. With all of us having a similar purpose around mental health and joining MHM, the program provided me with more confidence to learn from various perspectives, understand my own personal journey, and connect with resources to support positive mental health. Huge thanks to MHM and I can’t wait to see it continue to grow! :)”

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Mishika

Being a part of the MHM Sisterhood program has allowed me to connect more with my community and peers. Mental Health continues to be a taboo topic that isn’t spoken about, and having opportunities to share with others helps create a dialogue and shows that no one is struggling alone. Being in your 20s and navigating friendships can be complex and confusing. It can often feel lonely and disconnected as everyone is in different stages of life; I often felt like I was the only one feeling these challenges. The MHM Sisterhood Program allowed me to hold space with other women navigating similar thoughts, situations and challenges. Having this sense of community allowed me to have the opportunity to share my thoughts and seek comfort from those around me.

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Stacey

“A few years ago, I experienced a difficult and dark period of depression figuring what to do with my life When it comes to reaching out I had a hard time expressing my emotions to others because I felt that I was being a burden. One day I stumble a flyer around the neighbourhood that promoted a Mental Health Matters group for Youth and Yonge adults. I figured to give it a try and see how I feel. Ever Since attending the group, Mental health matters has helped me so much to better understand mental health. I met amazing facilitators, guest speakers and also made friends along the way. Overall I definitely recommend this group”.

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Hamshaa

“ MHM’s programming has been an incredible experience. Being part of the Sisterhood Program cohort has introduced me to wonderful friendships. With all of us having a similar purpose around mental health and joining MHM, the program provided me with more confidence to learn from various perspectives, understand my own personal journey, and connect with resources to support positive mental health. Huge thanks to MHM and I can’t wait to see it continue to grow! :)”

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Aniqa

During my time at MHM, I not only formed new and powerful relationships but also significantly enhanced my mental wellbeing and coping skills. Engaging in meaningful conversations, participating in uplifting activities like crafts, and contributing to community initiatives like the summer 2023 barbecue have provided me with valuable tools for navigating life with resilience and positivity. MHM has played a crucial role in fostering not just connections but also a stronger, more resilient mindset. A heartfelt thanks to Alif and Abirahmi for granting me this incredible opportunity to be a part of something so special!

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Ivy

In a world that’s increasingly divisive, Mental Health Matters brings people together. The organization bridges a gap in our community by providing a safe space for members to connect, learn, and support one another. I’m grateful to be a part of a movement that prioritizes sanity (jk I mean solidarity) and shared growth. Mental Health Matters truly makes a difference where it matters most – in our collective well-being.

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Daiem

I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts since I was 17, and in 2022, at 20, I attended Mental Health Matters. The program provided me an outlet and helped me feel like I belong to a group, and reminded me that I was not alone. At MHM, I got a chance to try things I’d never done, and talked about things that I never imagined I would be able to talk about. I felt safe enough to be myself from day one.

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Aniqa

During my time at MHM, I not only formed new and powerful relationships but also significantly enhanced my mental wellbeing and coping skills. Engaging in meaningful conversations, participating in uplifting activities like crafts, and contributing to community initiatives like the summer 2023 barbecue have provided me with valuable tools for navigating life with resilience and positivity. MHM has played a crucial role in fostering not just connections but also a stronger, more resilient mindset. A heartfelt thanks to Alif and Abirahmi for granting me this incredible opportunity to be a part of something so special!

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Ivy

In a world that’s increasingly divisive, Mental Health Matters brings people together. The organization bridges a gap in our community by providing a safe space for members to connect, learn, and support one another. I’m grateful to be a part of a movement that prioritizes sanity (jk I mean solidarity) and shared growth. Mental Health Matters truly makes a difference where it matters most – in our collective well-being.

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Daiem

I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts since I was 17, and in 2022, at 20, I attended Mental Health Matters. The program provided me an outlet and helped me feel like I belong to a group, and reminded me that I was not alone. At MHM, I got a chance to try things I’d never done, and talked about things that I never imagined I would be able to talk about. I felt safe enough to be myself from day one.

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Ojonugwa

Mhm has been such a blessing for my mental health and growth as a person. Before being a part of the mhm cohort this year I didn’t really know much about mental health and well being., and I didn’t care too much about it either. And after the program I have taken away so much. Not only did I learn about mental health, what it means, the stigmas, the definitions, symptoms and meanings of different things that fall under that category, but I also learned a lot about myself. I had personal aha moments that I feel have benefited me a lot today and that awareness will continue to benefit me as well in the future.I don’t think anyone could ever go wrong learning about their mental health and well being, whether you need help or not because you also take away things that you can use to help other people; which was another takeaway I had from being a part of MHM. And for those who don’t have a hankering for learning it’s not all stats and facts, along with the bountiful and useful information thrown at you there was a lot of fun activities thrown into the program as well. Like games, field trips, picnics and other wholesome activities done with a group of kind and non judgmental people.And also let’s talk about the food. We got free food every session, and as a foodie let me just tell you I came ready to eat each session, and I wasn’t disappointed. All and all MHM was one of the best investments of my time. It came at a moment in my life when I needed it most and I’m so thankful that I got to be a part of it. Mental health matters; PERIOD.

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Huda

The sisterhood program caught my eye because theres a gap in programs focusing on the mental health of girls after they leave highschool. Once I started university, it was almost impossible to find time to focus on my mental health and wellness. MHM connected me to a community of professionals and women who cared for each other. Though these relationships, I gained wisdom and advice on shared experiences and struggles. I learned how to balance self care with my other commitments. Despite only knowing each other for a short period of time, I made deep connections with other girls in my city; we all cared for one another, had each others backs and validated each others feelings. I loved my time during the Sitserhood Program and I will always be grateful for the incredible people I’ve met and lessons I’ve learned along the way.

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Mustafa

“During a challenging period in my life, I hesitated to seek help for my mental health due to the prevailing stigma in our community. It was a confusing time, but then I discovered Mental Health Matters (MHM), and it became a beacon of light for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find a community where many of us shared similar struggles, making it easier for me to open up and confide in the group. The workshops and support provided by the MHM team were invaluable in my journey. They equipped me with knowledge and tools that became my first steps toward a healthier and more informed mental state. Now, I want others to know that there is a way forward, and they don’t have to navigate it alone. I aspire to be a source of support for others, just as MHM was for me, and to contribute to creating a more understanding and compassionate community around mental health.”

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Ojonugwa

Mhm has been such a blessing for my mental health and growth as a person. Before being a part of the mhm cohort this year I didn’t really know much about mental health and well being., and I didn’t care too much about it either. And after the program I have taken away so much. Not only did I learn about mental health, what it means, the stigmas, the definitions, symptoms and meanings of different things that fall under that category, but I also learned a lot about myself. I had personal aha moments that I feel have benefited me a lot today and that awareness will continue to benefit me as well in the future.I don’t think anyone could ever go wrong learning about their mental health and well being, whether you need help or not because you also take away things that you can use to help other people; which was another takeaway I had from being a part of MHM. And for those who don’t have a hankering for learning it’s not all stats and facts, along with the bountiful and useful information thrown at you there was a lot of fun activities thrown into the program as well. Like games, field trips, picnics and other wholesome activities done with a group of kind and non judgmental people.And also let’s talk about the food. We got free food every session, and as a foodie let me just tell you I came ready to eat each session, and I wasn’t disappointed. All and all MHM was one of the best investments of my time. It came at a moment in my life when I needed it most and I’m so thankful that I got to be a part of it. Mental health matters; PERIOD.

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Stacey

The sisterhood program caught my eye because theres a gap in programs focusing on the mental health of girls after they leave highschool. Once I started university, it was almost impossible to find time to focus on my mental health and wellness. MHM connected me to a community of professionals and women who cared for each other. Though these relationships, I gained wisdom and advice on shared experiences and struggles. I learned how to balance self care with my other commitments. Despite only knowing each other for a short period of time, I made deep connections with other girls in my city; we all cared for one another, had each others backs and validated each others feelings. I loved my time during the Sitserhood Program and I will always be grateful for the incredible people I’ve met and lessons I’ve learned along the way.

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Mustafa

“During a challenging period in my life, I hesitated to seek help for my mental health due to the prevailing stigma in our community. It was a confusing time, but then I discovered Mental Health Matters (MHM), and it became a beacon of light for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find a community where many of us shared similar struggles, making it easier for me to open up and confide in the group. The workshops and support provided by the MHM team were invaluable in my journey. They equipped me with knowledge and tools that became my first steps toward a healthier and more informed mental state. Now, I want others to know that there is a way forward, and they don’t have to navigate it alone. I aspire to be a source of support for others, just as MHM was for me, and to contribute to creating a more understanding and compassionate community around mental health.”

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Mohammed

Participating in the MHM youth support group has encouraged me to take care of my mental health and to be aware about how I feel. Their workshops and activities made me and others feel open to talk about our mental health and experiences, the staff at MHM were able to understand that not everyone is in tune with their feelings, so it was very refreshing for them to let us take our time and talk about what we wanted without the fear of being judged.

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Mohammed

Participating in the MHM youth support group has encouraged me to take care of my mental health and to be aware about how I feel. Their workshops and activities made me and others feel open to talk about our mental health and experiences, the staff at MHM were able to understand that not everyone is in tune with their feelings, so it was very refreshing for them to let us take our time and talk about what we wanted without the fear of being judged.

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Our Impact On Youth

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