November 29, 2017
CAMH names Alicia Raimundo a Difference Maker: one of 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health!
As a “mental health superhero”, Alicia is involved in numerous youth mental health initiatives locally in Toronto, nationally and internationally – Alicia’s everywhere it seems, very superhero like. Alicia’s is a creative critical thinker, a peer supporter, and an advocate.
Within ACCESS Open Minds, Alicia advocates to change the youth mental health system through their role as co-lead of the ACCESS Open Minds National Youth Council, through executive committee work and working groups. They remind us to speak from our own perspective and to consult youth directly instead of assuming what young people would think. Ultimately, Alicia compels us to be the person we would have needed when we were younger. Alicia also highlights the need to innovate and to use technology to better connect with youth, making services more engaging.
Alicia joins Cliff Ballantyne (fellow ACCESS Open Minds National Youth Council co-lead) and Ashok Malla (NPI) who have also been recognized as CAMH Difference Makers out of more than 3,700 nominees. CAMH Difference Makers is a national initiative to nominate and celebrate 150 Canadians making a difference in mental health.