Youth Mental Health AND Shisha/Hookah Smoking

St. James Town Youth Council in partnership with Toronto Public Health and Sherbourne Health Centre  presenting “The Investment in Youth Engagement Project” This project focuses on youth mental health and the prevalence of smoking among youth living in St. James Town. The project includes a number of youth empowering activities and advocacy pieces. Through this project youth from the St. James Town Youth Council build their capacity to raise awareness about mental health and substance use as well as the harmful health effects of tobacco smoke (through shisha smoking).  Youth from the Youth Council receive training from Sherbourne Health Centre’s Newcomer Health Team on mental health, Turning Point youth services and The Yonge Street Mission. The training will include the topics like substance use and addictions, where to get support, how youth can speak this issue to others etc. A core project team is created from the Youth Council consist of 6 Youth Ambassadors. This project has two focus areas in the activity part to attract other youth in the community. (I) The youth ambassadors will organize “speaking engagements” at (a) Existing youth-focused groups and events in the community (b) the ambassadors will organize their own youth meetings through direct outreach at schools and the community.  (II) Other Youth Council members will organize a poster-making campaign that addresses both mental health and harmful health affects of tobacco smoke. In addition, the youth will organize a youth symposium.

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Youth Ambassadors for the project

1.      Suzanna Maharaj – Project Lead

2.      Poonam Das  – Project Lead

3.      Yousuf Ahmed – Youth Ambassador


4.      Avash Neupane -– Youth Ambassador

5.      Kubenthiran Suganthan – Youth Ambassador

6.      Zoya Ahmed – Poster Making Lead

7.      Hedia Omar –  Youth Ambassador


Anish Alex  

Community Capacity Builder

Project Coordinator
Community Capacity Builder
The Yonge Street Mission
C: 416-209-2879

Sehr Athar
Health Promotion and Systems Specialist
Newcomer Health Team – Sherbourne Health Centre
333 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON, M5A 2S5
(T) 416-324-4100 Ext. 5259

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