This is Mr Nathan Ip
Nathan Ip is the Program Manager of HEADSTRONG-Alberta with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He brings over a decade of experience in program development and health promotion in the areas of mental health, youth engagement, and public education. As a first-generation Canadian, he has experienced first-hand the stigma surrounding mental illness that exists in many racialized and cultural communities. With the HEADSTRONG team, Nathan worked with community partners to launch the first-ever HEADSTRONG summits for racialized and cultural communities in Canada.
An advocate for public education, Nathan currently serves as an elected trustee with the Edmonton Public School Board – the fifth-largest school district in Canada. He is leading the development of HEADSTRONG Inspire – an experiential learning program designed for youth by youth that aims to help young people develop resiliency skills.
Experienced in non-profit governance and community advocacy, Nathan has served on many non-profit boards, including the Community Services Advisory Board for the City of Edmonton, Our House Addiction Recovery Centre, and the City of Learners Initiative with the Edmonton Public Library. He was previously a board development instructor with the Government of Alberta.
Why does mental health matter to you?
My own lived-experience with mental illness has taught me that mental health is just as important as physical health. Good self-care can help unlock the incredible potential and resilience inside each of us.