February 14, 2022

Meet Cass

Written By
Life Matters

Kia ora, my name is Cass, and my pronouns are she/her. I am currently a 3rd-year student majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. I have been involved with Life Matters for two years now. Through my time I have worked as a peer supporter.

The role of peer support is to connect to individuals. I think the power of connection is an underrated tool. Both in connecting to yourself, others and learning to be content when you are not connected. I have loved being a listening ear to individuals and thank Life Matters for the opportunity. I enjoy coming into the Hope Centre, having some Good Bitches Baking and working to improve mental health systems. I have also had the opportunity to present workshops including adapted safeTalk workshops to youth. I also delivered a workshop on the Power of Connection in collaboration with Michael Hempseed (author of the book "Being a True Hero: Understanding & Preventing Suicide in Your Community”).

Volunteering for Life Matters has allowed so many opportunities, I have loved working alongside all the volunteers and staff and have learnt so much about mental health systems. Through Life Matters, my passion to support our community has grown and I cannot wait to continue to support more individuals. Overall, I would love to be investigating societal systems such as cultural products, education or parenting systems that contribute to individuals’ health.