Mental Health Awareness Week
I was invited to be the logistics coordinator of Mental Health Awareness Week due to all my work towards increasing mental health on campus. Previous to planning MHAW I had been part of the creation of the Peer Helper Program which offers a safe space for anyone on campus who wishes to drop-in and talk to a trained peer. The PHP was created in the hope of breaking isolation on campus, as well as reducing the stigma associated with mental distress and promoting help-seeking.
I organized a week-long event dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. We were a team of two and we managed to host a variety of events including workshops, talks, movie-screenings, dog petting.
I came up with the idea of creating de-stress spaces where students could engage with this week-long event without a specific time frame and partnered with the McGill Spaces Projects to do so. I also partnered with the McGill PopArt to print out mandalas so students could paint on them.
Finally, I exhibited two public art installations that engaged students in talking about mental health. This, in turn, de-stigmatized mental health services and created a space where students can now feel comfortable asking for help if they needed it.
Location: Sainte Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada