Lea Martin

Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties

My name is Lea Martin, and I am a student at the University of Winnipeg pursuing a double honours degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I hope to one day work as a forensic psychologist providing treatment to those in correctional institutions, furthering the research related to crimes of a sexual nature, providing support to victims and families, and dismantling misconceptions people may hold when it comes to working within the criminal justice system. I have been an advocate for the destigmatization of mental health for as long as I can remember. I not only have lived experience, but there are many people in my life who do as well. I have always seen the first step in this movement to be education. Having these conversations will not only help to remove the stigma surrounding mental health itself, but the stigma surrounding people who are affected by it. Additionally, it will also raise awareness of the current issues with the systems and supports that are currently in place. Like I always say, the movement has already come so far, but there is still so much work to be done.