Ko Awatea would like to congratulate Michelle Atkinson for winning the ‘Best Poster for a Youth Led Project’ award at the Third International Youth Mental Health Conference in Montreal, Canada.
Her poster “Youth participation and equipping communities to address self-harm” won one of five awards from roughly one hundred posters presented.
As a young person with experience of mental illness, Michelle has been working in the sector for nearly five years and was given the opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the excellent youth mental health services and innovations from around the world.
She also received positive feedback on her table top presentation on maximising value from Youth Consumer Participation.
“I appreciate the support Ko Awatea offered me in the form of time to attend the conference, and look forward to sharing what I learnt,” said Michelle.
Michelle is a Consumer Educator in the Mental Health Professional Development Education Team of Building Capability, which is part of Ko Awatea.