National Youth-Led Mental Health Panel EDM#2

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MYAN invites you to our National Panel on Monday 12 July 5:30-7:00pm led by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who will explore mental health through their lived experience as cultural navigators and educators.

This panel aims to provide practical, robust and long-term solutions to improve the livelihood of young people. The discussion will focus on the relationship between education and mental health and how each converges in shaping young people's lives in Australia.

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds often face additional barriers that prevent their engagement in mental health services. This may include stigmas and expectations that are heightened in culturally diverse communities.

This panel is an important part of acknowledging young people’s expertise in their own mental health issues and driving solutions from their own experiences.

By attending this panel you will be hearing practical solutions from MYAN's young leaders from MYAN who will be sharing unique insights into creating sustainable change in mental health.


Meet the panel

Yatha Jain
Yatha is motivated to make lives better, particularly for people with marginalised backgrounds. She has demonstrated her strong leadership skills through her wide array of experience, particularly within the non-profit and health sectors. She recently worked with the UN OCT on an international program to prevent violent extremism, is a Youth Ambassador with MYAN NSW and a Board Member of the non for profit, Prosper (Project Australia).
Jahin Tanvir
Jahin is a 20-year-old policy adviser, speaker, author, and youth advocate. With a penchant of being multifaceted, Jahin possesses a strong background in youth leadership and advocacy in leading youth-led organisations such as Oaktree, World Vision, Red Cross, and the United Nations. Jahin received the 2021 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year in Individual Community Service as well as recognition in the 7NEWs Young Achiever awards for NSW/ACT. He was also recently awarded the Zest Award for Outstanding Youth Leader in 2021.
Sarah Al Helfy
Sarah is a 19-year-old young woman studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology and a Master of Nursing at the University of Sydney in hopes of working within the health promotion sector. Sarah is also undertaking a course in a community language teaching program to assist students in learning the Arabic language. In 2019, Sarah received the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award as well as the John Lincoln youth community service award. She has a strong passion for being involved within her community by volunteering with organisations such as Zonta International, UN Youth, MYAN, and Uni 2 Beyond. Through her shared experiences, she has developed a passion for working towards strategies around mental health issues for young people of colour.
Amit Aalok
Amit (he/him) is an almost 18-year-old international student from Nepal, who’s been living on Wadawurrung Country (Ballarat) for the last 5 years. He’s currently sitting on Centre for Multicultural Youth’s Youth Advisory Group and Michaela Settle MP’s Youth Advisory Council. He is very passionately involved in the local community, and advocates for mental health access in diverse communities.
Jane Chen (Moderator)
Jane Chen (she/her) is a social policy thinker, researcher, writer and public speaker, living on the unceded lands of the Eastern Kulin Nation. She lives and breathes sociology and is passionate about using intersectional and lived experience-led approaches in policymaking. As a second-generation Chinese-Australian immigrant, Jane has worked in various advisory and advocacy roles across the multicultural and youth sectors, and currently represents Victoria on MYAN Australia’s Youth Ambassador Network.
RSVP for the National Youth-Led Panel
We look forward to seeing you on the 12th of July!

The MYAN team
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