Joshua is very active within our community and is fighting every day to ensure that voices, especially youth voices, are heard and that real action is taken to improve everyone's lives. See below for some of the involvement and work that is being done now.
MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION
Mental health and youth mental health is a cause that has been close to Joshua's heart and one that he has committed himself to work on for life. After personal experiences with poor mental health, Joshua is now working to raise awareness around mental health disorders, mental health illnesses, and poor mental health in youth, as well as working to push our governments to do more to support the mental health of the next generation through providing the resources, supports, and care that is needed. If nothing is done now, think of the effects that will be felt tomorrow by so many people across our community and the country.
In September of 2021, with the help of the YMHM Canada, a Recommendation Report for a New Suicide Prevention Strategy for Hamilton was published. In addition to this report being published, it was also submitted to the Mayor of Hamilton, the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton, the Chief Medical Officer of Hamilton, and the Canadian Mental Health Association (Hamilton Branch). Joshua, along with all YMHM Canada members, is proud to say that this report is being used to provide a youth perspective into suicide prevention in the city of hamilton with the creation of a new plan for the city.
Joshua continued his work with suicide prevention and mental health with his work with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Hamilton Branch) and the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton by taking part in working on the Roots of Hope campaign from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This initiative aims to bridge the gap between mental health services from youth care to adult care.
In early 2020, Joshua started the Youth Mental Health March Canada (YMHM Canada) and through this community association, he works with the team to better raise awareness around youth mental health and push our governments to do more. To learn more about the YMHM Canada and some of the work that they are doing, click here.
HAMILTON WEST-ANCASTER-DUNDAS YOUTH COUNCIL
Being a member of the Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Constituency Youth Council, Joshua works with other members of the council and with the Honourable Filomena Tassi, P.C., M.P. (Minister of Public Services & Procurement and the Receiver General of Canada) to raise the voices of those in his community and to ensure that real change is delievered to improve their lives. Through the creation of policy through listening to those in the community, Joshua and all members of the council want to ensure that change is delivered to keep our community moving forward for all.
YOUTH POLITICAL ASSEMBLY
Working with the Youth Political Assembly (YPA) as a Policy Director, the YPA aims to get more youth involved in politics and in their communities making the change that we need.
Joshua works with other members of the YPA and Policy Directors to analyze and endorse policy in Canada while working with the YPA social media team to develop content that explains legislation and bills so that everyone is able to understand what is going on in our parliaments across Canada.
Joshua also works with other members of the YPA to carry out events throughout the year that work to give youth a voice in our political system and a better understanding of the bills and laws that are being created and passed.
For more about the Youth Political Assembly, visit www.youthpoliticalassembly.ca.
The YMHM Canada is an association that Joshua started in 2020 that works to raise awareness around youth mental health while pushing our governments to do more. To learn more about this click here.