The Mindright Initiative
Promoting Positive Mental Health
The MindRight Athletes Society Initiative For Mental Health
- Early Intervention
- Peer to Peer Support
- Making Use of Exisiting Mental Health Resources
- Increasing Community Awareness
- Promote Wellness and Positive Living for young People.
Mental Health Support Program
To Enhance Mental Health And Wellness
MindRight is a mental health wellness program designed to educate players, coaches, parents, and supporters about their mental health and the health of others. We aim to provide information about local resources available, and help players make connections with the services they might need. We are proud to work within the community to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
We Aim To Provide And Promote:
- Community Involvement
- Mental Health Education
- Support Contacts
Mental Health Awareness Goal:
- Early Intervention
- Peer to Peer Support
- Partnering with Other Mental Health Supporters
The primary goal of P2P is to create a resource platform to help provide support and do even more for youth mental health. This initiative focuses on raising initial awareness, sourcing and coordinating an additional resource team, and helping youth access existing support associations within the community. Currently, we use hockey as one example and a common place where we have access to a large number of ‘players’ (i.e. like-minded youth) as we continually try to demonstrate that it is ‘ok’ to ask for help. We believe that, when dealing with mental health challenges, early intervention is crucial and this can be accomplished with P2P.
Mindright.info focuses on helping promote wellness and positive living for young people through increasing community awareness and making use of existing mental health resources. We want to encourage young people to be open and engage in Peer to Peer conversation. We want to support, connect, and build ties with young people using hockey as a medium while creating a movement with a brand that makes mental health relatable and accessible
Accessible Mental Health Support
When youth need mental health support, there are many places they can go for assistance – but it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. Our aim is to help young athletes connect with the services they need. Contact MindRight to learn more about our mental health initiative or to get information about volunteer opportunities.
Overview Of Our Mental Wellness Program
In order to help spread awareness about mental health, local support groups will be engaged to operate a themed Mental Health Information Booth at all home games. Sponsors and support partners may provide promotional items and information to the fans to be given away or won in draws at home games. We also plan to promote mental health through the media, encouraging our players to inform the community as well by engaging in volunteer work, fund-raising efforts, and other mental health promotion activities as a team and in groups.
Mental Health Education
The program will provide training and information to players regarding general health and mental health awareness, early on in the hockey season. Throughout the season we will invite guest speakers and provide education about concussions.
We will provide local, provincial, and national contacts as a mental health network so that anyone can find the mental health services and support they need.
Get Mental Wellness Information
The more we talk about mental wellness, the more we can remove potential stigmas around mental health problems and illnesses. Contact MindRight to see how you can help support our program. We can also provide you with more information about mental wellness services.
Beneficial Advice And Techniques
From Professional Supporters
MindRight is driven by ambitious youth and a supportive hockey program. We strive to support the team as they pursue improved awareness and education in this area of their health from our team members, support partners, with unique qualifications.
MindRight for Athletes Society Founder and Director
Myles Mattila is a Mental Health Advocate appointed to the National Youth Council, Business Student and Hockey Player. He remains one of the top spokespeople for mental health, and continues to promote several health initiatives for all ages.
At a young age, Myles Mattila discovered his passion for mental health. He quickly began to embody the necessary support attributes and characteristics by taking initiative, risks and generating hope for advancement in this field. He has worked tirelessly for mental health advocacy by founding MindRight and spearheading a mental health summit. This self-developed wellness program is focused on early intervention and is intended on educating individuals about their own mental health, and the health of others through resources and connections to community services.
Myles provides peer to peer support and is strongly involved with projects that work to transform the way mental health is perceived, all while trying to integrate youth into these efforts. He continues to participate in fundraising efforts and campaigns associated with mental health advocacy and programs. These projects and achievements have not only developed Myles’ community, but have set a standard for growth of awareness and reduced stigma at a national level.
Recognition for Myles efforts continues to grow. He has been recognized by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his efforts in mental health advocacy and appointed to the National Youth Council, recognized by Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and BDO in 2018 as Top 40 Under 40, become a finalist for the Young Male Volunteer of the Year Award in Kelowna, earned the 2017 Chair of the Board Award for being Humanitarian of the Year from BC Hockey, and achieved the Prince George Secondary School Citizenship Award of 2017. These accomplishments not only speak to his commitment, but also his compassion through his consistent efforts in generating community programs in a field that holds such strong negative stigma. Myles is a graduate from Prince George Secondary School with Honours, and is currently in his 3rd year at Okanagan College enrolled in the BBA Program. Upon graduation, Myles will have his diploma in marketing as well as a degree in business management. In achieving such educational goals, Myles was supported by 7 community and entrepreneurial-based scholarships, including the Dillon Thomas Budd Scholarship and Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship.
Following the completion of his Business degree, Myles intends on continuing his education. His ability to speak both English and French support his endeavors. His dedication and efforts will continue as his initiatives advance societal awareness for mental health and community togetherness.
Today, Myles continues to retain the entrepreneurial spirit by embracing educational initiatives, supporting mental health advocacy, engaging in non-profit and business development, and through his role as a former player in junior hockey in the KIJHL. And partnership with Kids Help Phone.
“I believe we have the resources available to help youth in need and we should give them support to get the help when needed,”
– Myles Mattila
Join The Wellness Program
At MindRight, we’re happy to do our part in the fight for mental health awareness. We are committed to ensuring that youth and others can benefit from our mental wellness program. Contact us to learn more. We would be happy to provide you with more information.