Mental Health Wellness Day logouWaterloo student aims to end mental health stigma

Nolan Finkelstein has found his voice. The upper-year Arts student wants to break down the stigma associated with mental illness, and with his Imprint column Livin’ on the Edge” he’s started to do just that. Every week Nolan openly shares his experience as a student with mental illness while tackling norms like “boys don’t cry” and frequently advocating the importance of reaching out for help.

His voice certainly seems to be making a positive impact. He told us, “Thankfully, I have received nothing but positive encouragement and feedback for my articles[…]It's really rewarding to know that my efforts are having real effects on people, especially because they are such difficult topics to discuss in a public forum like Imprint.”

Today, many other student leaders, staff, and faculty are also aiming to make mental health a more visible issue by wearing orange t-shirts on campus for Mental Health Wellness Day. 1 in 5 Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime, and uWaterloo is a caring community with many mental health resources available.

You can learn about mental health student groups and activities on the Mental Health Wellness site, share your tips for staying mentally healthy on Twitter with #1in5, and see all the submitted tips on Storify.

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