Kristin is in the final year of her program in Psychology and Disability Studies at King's University College at Western University. She intimately understands what it's like to live with mental illness, as she, herself, copes with bipolar disorder. She has authored four children's books on mental health with the goal of increasing mental health literacy among children and their families. She is a passionate advocate for mental health.
Kristin was recognized and nominated as a mental health champion locally and nationally in 2018. She was awarded both the London-Middlesex Mental Health Champion Award and the national Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth.
She is also completing independent research on the benefits of bibliotherapy for mental health. Kristin hopes to pursue further studies in School and Applied Child Psychology.
Jai is in his final year of his studies in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Western University. Like the rest of our team, he is passionate about mental health literacy for children. He believes that narratives have the power to change how we think, feel and behave. As such, he believes that books can be used as a therapeutic tool to help children with their social and emotional well-being.
Jai also has experience researching issues related to diversity and inclusion. He has worked alongside the city of London to develop a tool kit to reduce discrimination and prejudice in his Psychology 3895E course (Social Science in the Community).
Here is a video about one of Reading to Flourish's founders, Kristin Legault-Donkers' mental health advocacy work in the London community.