Feel Out Loud: Mental Health & Music Seminar

To launch Feel Out Loud, Kids Help Phone’s movement for youth mental health, a collective of 50+ Canadian artists came together to record “What I Wouldn’t Do (North Star Calling)”. The powerful, star-studded anthem lets young people across Canada know there is no feeling too big, or too small, and invites them to reach out to Kids Help Phone anytime of the day or night for support. Feel Out Loud: An intersection of Mental Health and Music panel will bring together mental health and music experts for a discussion on how young people connect with music to navigate difficult feelings. The discussion will include: The relationship between music and mental health, how music and the arts are helping lift the stigma on mental health issues, and more on why over 50+ Canadian artists came together to record an anthem for Kids Help Phone’s Feel Out Loud movement.

Meet our moderator and panelists!

Sarah Burke

Indie88/Women In Media Podcast

Sarah Burke is a broadcaster, podcaster, producer, and programmer based in Toronto. With fifteen years of broadcasting experience, Sarah has hosted shows for various radio formats in small and major markets, for terrestrial and satellite radio. Sarah is the former Manager of Canadian Music Programming at SiriusXM, where she was the lead on music selection and content creation for English, French, and Indigenous channels. She has programmed several genres of music including pop, rock, country and Americana. She is currently the evening host for Indie88 (CIND-FM).

Sarah is also entrenched in the podcasting world now; she hosts and produces the Women in Media Podcast to explore the collective challenges women face in a male-dominated industry. She is executive producer for Don Amero's new Through the Fire Podcast, and she is co-hosting and chase producing for The Jann Arden Podcast.

Katherine Hay

President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

As President and CEO of Kids Help Phone, Katherine Hay provides strategic leadership and drives innovation in the implementation of the organization’s five-year strategic plan to be the most-nimble, accessible and effective access point to the support young people need. In fact, in leading an organization recognized as a leader in e-mental health and virtual care, Kathy has made the organization’s mission, to always be open, providing a safe and trusted place for young people in any moment of crisis or need, a personal commitment. As a passionate change-maker in Canada, Kathy is dedicated to encouraging innovation and amplifying the voice of young people. Most recently Kathy was recognized as one of 2022 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award in the category of Most Powerful CEOs. In 2021 Kathy received the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award of Social Change award and the Arts 2021 Alumni Achievement Award presented from the University of Waterloo.

Kathy’s commitment to young people and the charitable sector extends to her volunteer work as a member of multiple organizations’ board of directors, including a seat owner on the Ontario Premier’s Office sub-council on mental health and addiction; Mental Health Commission of Canada (Board of Directors, Director Member of the Governance Committee); Imagine Canada; Children’s First Canada Council of Champions; a member of the National Youth Serving Agencies; a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness in Mississauga; a former member of the National Council of Foundation Executives for the Conference Board of Canada; and a former member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network Foundation CEO Roundtable.

Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Kathy was President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation where she advanced the health of women across Canada and reached record levels of support. Her success in this role led to her being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017.

Kathy is a passionate change-maker in Canada, impacting change and growth throughout her 18 years of exceptional service in senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, including as: Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Toronto/Mississauga; Associate Vice-president of Advancement at the University of Guelph; President and CEO at Credit Valley Hospital Foundation; and Chief Development Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario. After a successful career in banking, Kathy and her family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she co-founded the Canadian Foundation alongside the Canadian Consul General with a mandate of supporting children and families, it is where she knew that by combining her business experience with her commitment to making an impact for others in this city.

Gayle Browne

Director, Clinical Operations, Kids Help Phone

Gayle Browne has been working with youth and children for over 20 years now. Her career began in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she was born and raised. Gayle attended Memorial University of Newfoundland for her undergraduate degree, and during that time she also worked with children involved in the child protection system and local women’s shelters.
In 1999 Gayle relocated to Toronto to complete her Master of Social Work. During this time, she worked as a social worker at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Toronto District School board. Upon graduation Gayle was hired at Kids Help Phone as a full-time counsellor. For many years in addition to counselling Gayle also did school outreach and media relations work for Kids Help Phone. She also worked for the school of social work at The University of Toronto as placement supervisor for students in the MSW program. Today Gayle is the Director, Clinical Operations at Kids Help Phone.
Gayle strongly believes that life-long learning is vital in supporting children and youth and continues her education and training both within the organization and outside of it.