Stand Up to Stigma volunteers hold up blackbpards with supportive messages.PhD students encourage mental health awareness

Why are you standing up? That’s the question Stand Up to Stigma hopes students will answer this week. PhD students Stephanie Lu and Kristin Brown, along with third-year Suzie Alexander, are bringing back their blackboard campaign to educate and engage students on the topic of mental health.

Students can participate at booths across campus where Stand Up to Stigma volunteers will be happy to talk about mental health, and will invite students to write encouraging messages on a blackboard and have their photo taken for the “I’m standing up…” album.

Stephanie believes that addressing mental health on campus is important because stigma around mental illness is a large barrier to addressing mental health in Canada, and most mental illnesses begin during young adulthood.

“As a greater community, everyone at uWaterloo has a role to play in eliminating stigma,” said Stephanie. “One of the easiest ways to do that is to simply talk about it.”

Look for Stand Up to Stigma booths on campus from Nov 12-14, or find out more about the campaign on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.

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