Starts With Me is a company of ‘Peers’ leading a post-institutional mental health care movement. We create platforms to support gaps in education and services along with empowering families and individuals to increase their capacity for well-being.

Our programming helps youth be heard by creating creative expressions of mental health & wellbeing.  We do presentations, talks, host monthly events, and hold the annual State Of Mind Festival to create connection and conversation.

The State Of Mind Festival communicates the youth voice to parents, teachers, service providers, youth organizations, and policy makers to improve the ethos of the mental health care system.

Our leaders are unique individuals with lived experiences of mental illness, addiction, wellbeing, and recovery known as Peers.  The expertise of those who’ve ‘been there’ and ‘done that’ is proving to be an incredible source of support, guidance, and inspiration for families and individuals who are navigating the often challenging mental health care system.  They use their experiences to connect with youth and open up the difficult dialogue around mental health, mental illness, and wellbeing.