Mental health prioritization only the beginning of P11 lifelong takeaways

November 24, 2022 9:00 am by TNYF Staff Dynamic Featured Image

As kids, students Pratik and Inderpal had a typical impression of what health meant – a balanced diet and regular exercise. It wasn’t until they were introduced to Project 11 in Grade 6 that they realized the mental aspects of health. The concept resonated and made mental wellness a daily consideration.

Sharing emotions, journaling, and self-care were practices that enhanced their focus and allowed them to be in the moment and get more out of their everyday learning. Their prioritization of mental health became a common ground on which the two built a lasting friendship. Pratik and Inderpal were able to speak openly about feelings, practice active listening and support one another in overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

Now entering their third year of university, both credit P11 for shaping them in ways that continue to impact their daily life and their friendship. Pratik gained confidence and a comfort in asking for help when needed. Inderpal considers himself to be more open and empathetic. Both are glad to see how P11 has expanded to give thousands more kids the knowledge that has been so valuable to them.

“Project 11 provides great tools for improving mental health and well-being. It helped me tremendously throughout my high school and university years and I will continue to carry on with it for the rest of my life. The earlier students are able to learn these methods, the earlier they will be able to apply them and better their own mental health, and hopefully others around them.” – Pratik, third-year criminology student and former P11 student

“If I had any issues I wanted to talk about or discuss, Project 11 had created a safe space to do so. In Project 11, I learned that there was no benefit of keeping your emotions inside and it has brought me so much peace. Without the program I wouldn’t be where I am today as a strong individual who makes mental health a daily priority.” – Inderpal, third-year physiotherapy student and former P11 student