Incoming Campus Project Coordinator, CMHA, BC-Division

Hello everyone!

I'm thrilled to be taking on the position of CMHA BC Campus Project Co-ordinator. I thought I would share some of my story - and how I came to situate myself in this rich and diverse community of practice.

My journey into the field of mental health and suicide prevention started ten years ago in the UK - precipitated by the tragic loss of a young person in my community to suicide. I decided to get involved with my local crisis line and so started my participation in suicide prevention efforts.

I moved to UVic at 18 to start my undergrad in marine biology, having decided I wanted to swim with dolphins and orcas. I quickly decided this wasn't the field for me and switched over to Child and Youth Care. My involvement with the crisis line movement continued, and I started delivering suicide prevention curricula to high school youth in Victoria. I also had the opportunity to work as a Resident Advisor which afforded me an intimate insight into the reality of anxiety, depression, unhealthy substance use amongst students. All of these experiences foregrounded the beginnings of the Inter-Campus Suicide Prevention Action Group at UVic/Camosun - and my foray into broad-based, community driven & owned mental health promotion/suicide prevention strategies (what a mouthful!)

And that's how I ended up at the February workshop - and my introduction to this fabulous caring community and the BC Campus Project. As of now, I'm working on my MA in Child and Youth Care with a particular interest in student mental health promotion and community development.

I live across the pond in Victoria where I enjoy hiking in the beautiful outdoors - drinking hot chai latte's on coffee shop patios - and zipping around on my scooter (must be the European influence !!).

I'm really looking forward to the months ahead and seeing our project continue to take shape and fly!

Jonny



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