Jasmine Richards stands up for anti-bullying

Canada's top Disney star Jasmine Richards is using her celebrity to raise awareness for anti-bullying with her song "You Have The Power" with all download proceeds from itunes on May 7th going to Ottawa Youth Services Mental Health Aid.   To kick off Mental Health Week May 7-13, 2012, Richards joins politicians, athletes, performers and mental health workers in the You Have The Power event happening in Ottawa, Ontario on May 7th.  Jasmine Richards "You Have The Power"

Richards is best known for her roles in Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Disney/Family Channel sitcoms Naturally, Sadie and Overruled.  The new song and video "You Have The Power" is only a part of the work Richards is doing to raise awareness and help those suffering from bullying.  She has created and co founded JasmineTheAntiBully.com to share her experiences and help direct kids and teens to the right organizations to get the help they need.  www.jasminerichardstheantibully.com

By opening up about her own experiences with bullying, Richards hopes to inspire others to stand up against bullying and to raise awareness of the support available in most communities. 1 in 5 youth will experience a mental health issue, yet only 1 in 6 of those youth will actually receive services.  Talking more openly about mental health issues will allow more youth to know about the services available.

Event: You Have The Power Event to kick off Mental Health Week
Date: Monday, May 7, 2012
Location: Earl of March Secondary School at 4 The Parkway, Kanata Ont. K2K 2B6.

Time Speaker/Event
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome – Principal Massey – Earl of March Secondary School
10:05 – 10:15 Dr. Phil Ritchie –Psychologist CHEO Resilience
10:15 -10:30 Video Release + Performance; Iroquois Secondary School; Jasmine Richards (short speech before playing the video)
10:30 – 10:35 Remarks by Mayor Watson
10:35 – 10:50 Elizabeth Manleyand Mike Baine
10:50-10:55 Remarks by Chief Charles Bordeleau
10:55 – 11:00  Remarks by Allan Hubley
11:00 -11:05 Remarks by Hanna Brundson – Youth perspective
11:05-11:20  Program by Errol Lee
11:20 That’s a wrap!’  Janice Barresi thank you everyone for coming and supporting us.

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