World Mental Health Week

October 10, 2019

This week, SFU Health & Counselling Services is observing World Mental Health Week.

I want to give a shout-out, not only to the efforts of Health and Counselling this week, but to the day-to-day support they provide to students. In some way we are all touched by mental health challenges, and I applaud the role that SFU Health and Counselling is playing to de-stigmatize mental health concerns and implementation of prevention and early intervention programs.

The World Mental Health Week campaign is divided into two parts: interactive posters and social media posts about the mental health phases. The interactive posters have positive-worded, cut-out tabs for students to take and share with their peers. I encourage you to follow them on social media to learn more and look for the posters on campus.

Earlier this week, I participated in a program called Creative Collective, which provides students with a space to get creative and relax while making connections. To connect with World Mental Health Week, Creative Collective invited students to paint about what mental health means to them on a large banner. Next time you’re in the mezzanine, look for the hanging banner.

Special thanks to student volunteers Hannah Mai, Stephanie Leung, and Tam Pham who helped to coordinate the development of the interactive painting. Be well everyone and please seek assistance from SFU Health and Counseling Services anytime you or a fellow student may need to.