Brescia Highlights Mental Health During Orientation Week

News Release
September 8, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

London, ON – One in five Canadians are affected by mental illness. This fall, as Brescia University College welcomes its Centennial Class, the subject of mental health has been put to the forefront. In efforts to raise awareness and end the stigma on mental health, on Wednesday, September 9th, the university is hosting a “Jack Talks” luncheon. This key event in Orientation Week will feature two Brescia students and representatives of Jack.org, who will share their personal experiences with mental health in hopes to start the conversation and inspire change.

Upper year Brescia students, Molly Schoo and Hannah Litchfield, have been selected as representatives of the Jack.org speaker’s bureau, and have undergone in-depth training to spread the message of mental health. During the “Jack Talks” luncheon, these two young women will share their personal journeys in mental health to their peers and school community, with the prime goal to engage and discuss strategies to recognize and support mental wellness, increase knowledge, and build awareness.

Jack.org is the only national network of young leaders striving to transform the way individuals think about mental health. The organization was created by the parents of Jack Windeler, a first-year student at Queen’s University struggling with mental illness. In March 2010, Jack Windeler died of suicide. The vision of Jack.org is “No more silence”, and to ultimately save and improve the lives of young people.

“We are very proud of Molly and Hannah, and feel fortunate to have our own students leading this talk,” explains Courtney McDonald, Manager of Student Engagement, Student Life Centre. “These committed students have undergone extensive training to bring their important stories to their Brescia family.”

Last September, after 18 months of intensive research and a campus-wide consultation process, Brescia released a report on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. Two priority areas identified in the report include: expanding peer to peer support and student engagement, and anticipating student needs based on the academic cycle.  The “Jack Talks” luncheon stems from and aligns with the recommendations for enhancing mental health and wellness on campus.

“At Brescia, we have seen a very clear connection between mental health and academic success,” Ms. McDonald affirms. “By starting these conversations about mental health and wellness early with our students, we hope to send a clear message that student mental health and wellbeing is vital to the success and engagement of Brescia’s community.”

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Date: Wednesday September 9th

Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm

Event: Jack Talks

Location: Brescia University College, Mercato Building

For more information please contact:

Cathy Fox, Manager Communication and Marketing at 519-432-8353, ext 28293 or at cfox54@uwo.ca, or Caitlin Core, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or at ccore@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,550 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, Business, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at http://media.bresciauc.ca/