What has allcove meant to you and all those who are a part of this center?
"I think allcove has just been a really great opportunity for everyone that’s been involved to really grow in the field. One of the biggest concerns that we have in the mental health field is the lack of mental health providers. So I think having an environment like this, that is sustainable, enjoyable, meaningful, and even just fun to work at, I think that is going to help support future mental health providers in the world.
I would definitely say people who come here end up moving on to bigger and better opportunities, which is what we want to see, especially when they’re using their talents and skills to better the mental health field. So I definitely think that’s a big component of it.
It has also been an opportunity to rethink what mental health is going to look like for young people and for the future, just be able to be innovative, try new things, look at things differently, and try different approaches to address some of the barriers people are seeing when it comes to their mental health."
What do you think is the best way to engage in mental health activism and awareness, and educate others on the immense value and necessity of wellness centers?
"I think ultimately it goes back to using youth voice. I think having another young person being the one who advocates for a center and for their own mental health, and shares about their own struggles with mental health and about their own services. That’s when another young person is going to hear that, especially if someone is really, truly out there advocating, and go like oh wow that person looks like me, or this person acts like me, and they’re out there working on their mental health. That’s going to make a big difference.
We ask people how did you hear about allcove, and they say through word of mouth. So we really rely on young people to be like hey I went to allcove and it was great, I met with so and so and they were great, I did this at allcove and that was great. These are the things we’re hoping to get out more into the community.
So we hope that more and more young people, as they come to the center and experience the center, will really go out there and share their experience, talk about it, and advocate. And not just allcove, it could be any mental health facility. If they had a great experience, I would encourage them to share it with whoever they know."