Friendship Bench

The yellow bench, which now lives in the AQ building, serves as a permanent symbol of mental health awareness and of SFU's vision for a vibrant stigma-free community. The Friendship Bench is a non-profit organization that aims to get people talking about mental health.

Plaque Unveiling

On January 26, 2016, SFU President Andrew Petter unveiled the Hi-FIVE plaque to recognize the first permanent stigma-free space at SFU located in the AQ Courtyard on the South Side across from SFU Art Gallery on the SFU Burnaby campus.

Read President Andrew Petter's Blog on the days event.

Pledge to Eliminate Stigma

Hi-FIVE's aim or call to action is to eliminate stigma towards those who are experiencing mental health distress or illness (now or in the past). We asked the SFU community to join us in taking the pledge, and respect and embrace anyone experiencing mental health distress or mental illness.

I am committed to the following regarding those who experience or have experienced mental illness or mental health distress including myself:

  1. I am committed to embracing and respecting those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  2. I am committed to standing up (and speaking up) when disrespect is shown against those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  3. I am committed to making a difference and promoting wellness in the lives of those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  4. I am committed to conducting myself and my endeavours in a manner that is respectful of those who experience mental health distress and mental illness.
  5. I pledge to know the facts, to being aware of my attitudes and behaviours, and to speaking and acting respectfully when discussing or speaking to those with mental health distress and mental illness.
  6. I am committed to suspending judgments against people who experience mental health distress and mental illness.
  7. I am committed welcoming friendships and/or relationships with those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  8. I am committed to not treating people who experience mental health distress and mental illness as if all they are is their diagnosis.