2017 STA Convention
May 5, 2017
My Workshops

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How a Struggle Became a Journey: The Importance of Connection & Conversation for Mental Wellness

Sometimes as educators we ask ourselves these questions: am I doing enough for my students? Are my students Ok? What I can I do to achieve mental wellness in my classroom? Elementary school and high school can be the best time of a student's life...it can also be the most daunting and anxiety provoking. In this discussion based workshop, I will share with you my journey through my mental illness during elementary and high school and what I wish I had seen done in my schools. Too many voices are silenced as a result of mental illness. Here you will engage in meaningful dialogue about what you and your school communities can do to support kids in their mental health journeys. It takes a community to create change! 

Target Audience



Shilpa Narayan

Shilpa is a 21 year old Gender, Sexuality, Women Studies student at SFU and a mental health/social justice activist. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with major depressive and generalized anxiety disorder as well as struggling with self harm and suicidal ideation. However, with  support from teachers and counselors, she realized that stigma should not get in the way of taking care of our mental health.  Shilpa created workshops in high school and helped create a course for students who were facing adversity to have a safe space and develop coping strategies for mental wellness.  Currently, Shilpa\'s work focuses on the intersections between mental health and social justice, specifically folks in the LGBTQ community. She has created a program for educators where she opens dialogue on how we can further support students in their mental health journey in the classroom. In February, Shilpa was the key note speaker at Balancing our Minds Youth Summit at Rogers Arena where she shared her mental health journey. She is a winner of the \"Champion of Wellness\" Award in the category: Supporting Others; a provincial recognition of youth who are committed to advocate and educate around topics of mental health and she is also a provincial recipient of multiple social justice awards. 

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available