Vincent Massey Collegiate student LOIZZA AQUINO is once again encouraging everyone, especially peers of her age, to open up if they face emotional struggles and find means to cope, rise and live with peace of mind.
Fall of 2015, Loizza created “Peace of Mind 204” and spearheaded this event called Youth against Mental Illness Stigma (YAMIS).
Now on its fourth year, YAMIS brings together students, parents, law makers and speakers and hope to bring out the message to all, not just those who come to the event, that they are not alone in their battles and there are available support.
One reason that pushed Loizza to act was when she lost her bestfriend to suicide because of depression–which, according to her, is just one aspect of mental health.
Loizza said it is important to understand that mental health is an integral aspect of a person’s health, just like physical health.
YAMIS is set today, March 1st, 2017 at the Burton Cummings Theatre from 9:30 AM to 1PM. There will be speakers, performances and an open forum.
Loizza has been working hard to create awareness on YAMIS. Her voice has been heard as speaker in many events concerning youths in the province.
Since it started, YAMIS has paved the way on getting mental health issues discussed in some Winnipeg high schools.
For her valuable contribution and dedication, she was given recognition as Manitoba Young Humanitarian Awardee 2014 ; Winnipeger of the Month, September 2015; Winnipeg Youth Role Model Awardee 2016; and one of Manitoba’s Most Fascinating 100 People for 2016 – 10th placer.
Of Filipino heritage, this 17 year old teener loves music, sports and adventures and is the third and youngest child of Riz and Lorna Aquino.