Minds In Need of Attention (MINA): Community Advocators for Mental Health

Whats Trending


It’s time to #erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care. The Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario encourages you to visit: erasethedifference.ca and sign the petition.


Digital Marketing Proposal - Mohawk College Students

Thank you to Fayez Jarad, Mark Hoang, Monique Villa, Jessica Greenwood, Owen Hogg and Sharmaine Aquino for their excellent presentation and proposal on how MINA can engage more digital awareness on January 11th, 2018. MINA is honoured to have been chosen as their business choice and we look forward to implementing their hard work in our 5 year strategic plan. 

Association of Administrative Professionals - Hamilton

MINA is grateful to all the members of the Association of Administrative Professionals - Hamilton Branch for their generosity in choosing MINA as their charity of choice for 2016-17 fiscal year. Thank you for linking arms with us in building mentally healthy communities in Hamilton.

Super Smash Bros. Tournament - McMaster University and Mohawk College Students

Mate Situm and Heather Riggs along with their classmates, raised funds for MINA during their Super Smash Bros. Tournament in May 2017. MINA is honoured to have been chosen as their charity recipient and congratulates all those who participated. Together we can build mentally healthy communities and literally save lives!

About Us

Our History

MINA was established in December 2013, after the death of Mina to suicide on April 24th, 2012. Founder, Mariam with her family and friends established MINA to raise awareness for mental health, to educate communities about the signs of mental illness and to collaborate with all sectors with the mission to build mentally healthy
communities across Ontario. 

Mental Health in Our Community

Each year, MINA brings together professionals to begin a mental health discussion with community members at MINA's Mental Health in our Community Panel Discussion. 

Education is the cure. 

Join us on our next panel discussion with key Hamilton academic institutions and how they contribute to building mentally healthy communities. 

Tentative: October 2018

More information to follow.



6th annual Come Fly Away  community awareness event on:
Sunday, September 9th, 2018 at 

Bayfront  Park, Hamilton ON.
Each year, MINA encourages Hamilton’s  community to fly kites in memory of lives lost to suicide and to also  celebrate survivors of mental illness. This is MINA’s way of building  mentally healthy communities.
*Free Kites Available at Registration  

What's Current

13 Reasons Why - Netflix

When series like these come out, it attracts a curious and possibly a younger viewer base. Although it is good to be able to view series like these and get thinking and talking about mental health, illness and suicide, it is best to have an informative discussion about it with your teachers, parents, counselors and/or guardians. We must understand that there are basic identifiers and causes of mental illness that could lead a youth to suicide, but its also a lot more complicated than that, and far more individualistic. Each of our journeys to remain mentally healthy or to deal with mental illness are unique to us with some fair overlap with others. I hope watching this series gets you more curious to educate yourself about mental health, illness and suicide so that together, as a community we are more aware of each other and ourselves. Please read: https://www.jedfoundation.org/13-reasons-jed-point-view/

Contact Us

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Board of Directors:

Mariam Yousefi, President

Sima Ghassabeh, Vice-President