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Melissa Vereschagin (she/her)
Melissa Vereschagin (she/her)

Melissa Vereschagin (she/her)

British Columbia

Melissa Vereschagin (she/her) is currently working at the University of British Columbia as a research assistant studying mental health and substance use. She is passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health and helping others find the help they need. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing, cooking, and restoring old furniture.

Interest and Motivation to Become a Senior Speaker
Now that Melissa has been a speaker with the Jack Talks program for 3 years, she has become more and more comfortable giving the regular Talks and is excited for the opportunity to again challenge herself. Melissa is interested in this Senior Speaker model because of the opportunity to advance her skills as a speaker even more and to make an even bigger impact by giving Talks in front of a larger audience. She is especially interested in all of the different training topics and professional development opportunities, as all of these will help her be a better speaker and mental health advocate overall.

Training and Professional Development Interests
Melissa believes it would be helpful to learn how to tailor messages to certain audiences: for example, the types of language/stories that may resonate more with adults versus with younger youth. She believes that it would also be helpful to learn more about how to facilitate discussions with larger groups of people (i.e., how to get people to engage more with us).

Speaking Experience
As a seasoned speaker, Melissa has delivered Talks for over three years.

What are the story themes you speak to?
Academic pressure/stress; Depression