A young and driven student of life, Allison Heffern aims to help others better understand their minds and optimize on the immense potential that lie within their brain and behaviour. Pursuing her second degree in clinical psychology, Allison is eager to help others prepare for, be aware of and take advantage of any mental health challenges they may encounter in their life path.
An ambassador for the #SickNotWeak movement and founder of The Pilot Light Project, Allison is bravely and boldly talking about her battle with severe depression. She is driven to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health and believes the key to this is through educating, conversing and inspiring.
She is passionate about preparing young people for the challenges that accompany post-secondary life, with emphasis the obstacles that arise within their own minds- something she feels is crucial to discuss but not being talked about. Through sharing her recent life experiences and accompanying lessons, she hopes to motivate teens to realize the power that lie within themselves and help them harness this power in the face of adversity.
Workshop Description For “Allison’s Declassified Guide to Post-Secondary Navigation: Things No One Told Me in High School”
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An enthusiastic over-achiever with her future laid out nicely, Allison Heffern left high school wide-eyed and eager, equipped with a 5-year plan and her colour coordinated agenda. All was going relatively well until her second year of university when she was literally and figuratively knocked off of her feet, as well as her precisely planned life path. Following the sequential unravelling of everything she thought to be true, Allison obtained what she coined a PhD: “Doctorate of Depression”. Through enduring the trials and tribulations in the years that followed high school, Allison has obtained invaluable insights, moral developments and life-changing breakthroughs that she only wish someone had told her about sooner.
Through her genuine demeanour and relatable nature, Allison aims to connect with young people and prepare them for the next phases of their lives. She has logged some serious hours in the classroom of life and is eager to pass on the lessons that have accompanied her tough times. With a focus on mental health, Allison openly discusses her lived experience with depression in hopes of fostering awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and inspiring youth to defy the accompanying stigma. Allison shares her tolls and tales of navigating the rough seas of post-secondary life in an effort to prepare, motivate and encourage students to exit high school feeling confident and capable.