Meet The Client Advisory Committee
Over the coming weeks, AMHS-KFLA’s blog will feature profiles of Client Advisory Committee members sharing their experiences. The series launches with this post from Jennifer.
Hi, my name is Jennifer. I am the Secretary of AMHS-KFLA’s Client Advisory Committee (CAC). I have been with the CAC since about 2013. I am also on the Board of Directors as the Representative for the CAC. I have recently been hired for a contract job as a Peer Support Worker: a job I have always longed to do.
I have always known I was different. When I was growing up, no one understood mental health issues in children. In grade 6, I wanted to be a psychiatrist to help people like me, so they wouldn’t be alone like I was. In grade 12, I wanted to study Psychology at Dalhousie University to help people like me. I knew there was something wrong but no one could help me, it wasn’t time yet. There were no services for teenagers facing mental health issues. Now, there is peer support. I hope to continue the trend. Spread the help. Not to allow anyone to walk alone like I did. My dream is to provide support to others with mental illness, and now I have my chance.