Hi-FIVE supports mental health through open conversation and stigma reduction.

We value fostering friendships, building resilience, and appreciating every person’s gifts. We commit to suspending judgement, promoting wellness in the lives of those experiencing mental health concerns, and responding to others with compassion and respect.

Hi-FIVE invites all members of SFU to join us as we strive to reach these goal through engaging our community one conversation at a time.

For more information regarding the program or to get involved please email at hifivesfu.coordinator@gmail.com

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Thursdays, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Group Room 4, Health & Counselling Services (MBC 0134)

Meetings begin on Thursday, October 10, 2019


Expressions of Creativity

March 20, 10:30am - 2:30pm, West Mall Atrium

Expressions of Emotions

March 21, 10:30am - 2:30pm, Fire Pits in Convo Mall

Expressions of Physical Wellness

March 22, 10:30am - 2:30pm, West Mall Atrium


Men·tal health noun

Capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with challenges we face.  This entails a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of different components that make up one’s interpersonal life.

Men·tal ill·ness noun

Characterized by changes in thinking, mood or behaviour (or a combination thereof). This is usually associated with distress and an impacted function sustained over a period of time (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006).

Mental illness and psychological distress is a currently preferred term because it is inclusive of any struggles related to mental health but is often used interchangeably with terms such as mental health distress.

Stig·ma noun

Negative, disrespectful and untrue judgments about someone based on what people think they know about them and their situation.

There are many factors that affect mental health (including biology, genetics, personality and environment), thus it is not a choice or a sign of weakness when someone is experiencing issues with their mental health.


The Stigma-Free Zone posters provide stigma-free places for those who struggle and or experience mental health distress to seek support and friendship. Download the PDF and place your poster on your door to signal that you are offering a stigma-free space for anyone who is in need.