An honest + inspiring project that shines a light on the humanity of mental illness + on a young man's sudden passing.
Trevor is a powerful storyteller, a multi-talented musician, and a teacher with lived experience in the realm of mental illness + through these efforts has helped raise over $80,000 for mental health initiatives in British Columbia. Trevor was recently awarded the 2017 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for Inclusive City and has completed a Master's of Education with a focus on Hip-Hop Based Education. Trevor is committed to finding brighter pathways for all who are impacted by mental health. He and his crew have presented and performed at High Schools, Conferences, Youth Summits and the Youth Detention Centre in Greater Vancouver and have quickly gained a reputation for effectively using Hip-Hop culture to connect with Youth and discuss Mental Health and promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The presentation carries an optimistic theme while discussing the realities of Mental Illness.
The presentation keeps the audience engaged and leaves youth feeling empowered and inspired. At all times the presenters remain cognisant of potential triggers for the audience and tackle difficult issues with a smile. Trevor is also in his 12-year teaching with Vancouver School Board. He has spent 10-years as a high school teacher and is now enjoying working with primary students as a Resource teacher.
- March 27, 2017 - Video - AMI (Accessible Media Incorporated):http://www.ami.ca/category/ami-week-health-and-lifestyle-segment/media/trevor-mills-profile
- March 1, 2017 - City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for Accessible City: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/exceptional-citizens-honoured-at-2017-vancouver-awards-of-excellence.aspx
- April 17, 2016 - Video - UBC Mental Health & CTV Documentary:http://bc.ctvnews.ca/suicide-happens-in-secret-b-c-teacher-turns-tragedy-into-hip-hop-1.2863022
March 7, 2016 - Audio - AMI Audio Documentary: http://www.ami.ca/category/contact-health-and-lifestyle/media/mental-health-a-brothers-journey
February 23, 2016 — Video — Club F.U.C.I. Interview: Season 3 Episode 4
February 15, 2016 — Hip-Hop Canada Interview: Trevor Mills: An honest conversation about Mental Health Awareness and his latest EP
January 15, 2016 — Vancouver Basketball: Trevor Mills “Overcoming the Struggle”
December 29, 2015 — HipHopCanada.com: Trevor Mills campaigns for mental health with the release of visuals for “Hood Boys (Denial)”
June 2, 2015 — Audio — Mouth Vs. Mic: EP#32 - Trevor Mills: Evidence Of A Struggle Release Party Live!
May 27, 2015 — BC Medical Journal: Evidence of a Struggle: Rapping to raise awareness for mental health
Mar 9, 2015 — Video — UBC Men's Health: Evidence of a Struggle - A Conversation with Trevor Mills
February 20, 2015 — SFU: Student Spotlight: Trevor Mills
January 28, 2015 — Video — CTV: B.C. teacher uses rap to get students to open up about mental illness
May 27, 2015 — CiTR Arts Report w/ Jake Costello (@8:20-40:00)
May 13, 2015 — Liquid Sunshine Report: Episode 20
March 10, 2015 — The Province: The Scene and Heard podcast: Rapper and Teacher Trevor Mills
February 12, 2015 — Mouth Vs. Mic: EP#25 - Trevor Mills - MC
Trevor is available for:
- School performances
- Fundraisers & Mental Health Benefits
- Public/Motivational speaking engagements
- Professional Development
“I had the opportunity of seeing Trevor rap at the Balancing Our Minds 2018 event at the Bell Centre for 400+ students grade 7-12 and thought he was fantastic! He really engaged the students and brought the energy up in the auditorium. The students resonated with his message and gave him very positive reviews on the evaluation surveys. I highly recommend Trevor for any community event.”
Breezie Mitchell, MSc Community Health Specialist
“Balancing our Minds 2018 Youth Conference Trevor shared both his talent and passion with us. It is clear that he is driven by an insatiable need to make a difference and this is apparent in the way he relates to the kids while on stage. We deeply value our continue relationship with him and trust we’ll see him again in the near future.”
Daniel To: Principal of Education Services Surrey School District
“Trevor and his group treated our students to an energetic and engaging presentation with a powerful message on mental health and substance abuse. Their hip hop music, beat boxing and break dancing talent helped them connect to our students and left them talking excitedly about maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA) and showing care and compassion to others. We were fortunate to have them share their message and talents with our students!”
John Pusic- Principal: Brookswood Secondary Langley School District
“The promotion of Mental Health Awareness to our youth of today is among the most significant of initiatives. Trevor Mills and his troupe did a simply amazing job of connecting with our students (and faculty/staff) and delivering some 'tough to discuss' messages in a safe and engaging presentation. The group has an authentic and personal way of connecting and you could see it hit home with every student. So proud to have had Trevor and his team at our school and can't wait for their return to our Mental Health Awareness week.”
Karen McCulla Principal of Brockton Prep
"A solid a straight forward message delivered from a place of experience, with a hip hop presence."
Ian Liverside Principal of Thomas Haney Secondary
“Trevor’s performance captivates the audience and ignites compassion!”
Maria LeRose producer of Heart & Mind Conference
“Trevor Mills and his team recently presented at our Grade 8 Wellness Retreat. They provided a high energy, engaging, multi-sensory hour of entertainment with a positive message that the students loved. Highly recommended!”
Oralie Loong Counsellor: Moscrop Secondary
“Trevor and his team delivered an important and impactful message around mental health in a contemporary and engaging way to our boys.”
-Johnny Bevacqua Principal: Vancouver College