top of page

Life Outside the Box youth mental health podcast has reached over
100,000 people
 on Spotify and YouTube across our first 13 episodes.

JOIN US ON MAY 30TH, 2024!

Join us in Toronto for our second annual live event and podcast recording.  This year the focus is on helping young Canadians navigate the current economy and build financial resilience.   Young people entering adulthood are facing unique and complex challenges that intersect with their mental health, and our panel and co-hosts Asante Haughton and Abbigale Kernya will take a deep dive into the issues.  Details and more event info coming soon!  

Thank you to our sponsors, panellists, co-hosts, and all of our amazing guests who joined the KBI team for our first ever live event in 2023.

‘Mapping Futures’ 2023 brought young people from diverse backgrounds together for a live podcast event that included youth artists, poets, singers, and other creatives to reflect on managing anxiety about the future. A pre-event workshop with Hailey Hechtman, Taking a Strength-Based Approach to Mapping Your Future, ran from 5pm -6pm at the same location. 

Listen to  the "Mapping Futures" podcast episode now on Spotify  or watch it on our  website here.



AMPM - Teal Logo.png
Copy of L_rnd_avatar_fuel_ff6600.jpg
Unsinkable Youth.jpg
Donate_Sponsor - Page Header Title_edite

Do you want to support our youth mental health event? We have limited sponsorship and partnership opportunities available. If you're interested in being a part of this flagship event, e-mail Gillian Smith-Clark at


Asante Haughton
Asante Haughton has emerged as a leader in mental health. A veteran of the speaker circuit, Asante has presented across the globe, including doing TEDx talks telling stories detailing how family trauma impact mental health.


Abbigale Kernya
Abbigale Kernya is an English student at Trent University in Ontario and is passionate about all things books, writing, and youth mental health. As the Youth Editor for KBI Inspire Magazine, Abby writes a wide variety of book reviews, recommendations, and feature stories.



Arissa Roy 

Arissa is a Canadian High school student, a youth activist, author and the founder of Project Power Global which advocates for equitable access to education

  • Instagram

Matthew Dawkins

Matthew Dawkins is a Jamaican award-winning author and poet whose work explores subject matters including adolescence, race, nationhood, and mental health. “Until We Break” is his debut novel.

  • Instagram

Dancia Susilo

Dancia Susilo has always been a humanitarian and started to focus on mental health at age 11, when she gave her first speech on “Suicide and Depression” and “Eating Disorders.”  She has released two books, a short film, and multiple songs about mental illnesses, and became the executive director of The Missing Link Project, a youth nonprofit focusing on mental health.

  • Instagram

Tosan Tosanwumi
Tosan is the Founder of The Latibule, a platform created to amplify the voices of young women expressing themselves, and the co-host of Peas in a podcast, which has everyday conversations about adulthood, community & wellness.

  • Instagram
bottom of page