IWill launches mental health campaign

by | Feb 6, 2015 | Life

Sarah Trumbley 

Life Reporter

The Student Success and Engagement Team launched its IWill Campaign at Humber College’s North and Lakeshore campuses earlier this week.

The campaign is intended to run all year long to help increase awareness around mental health and wellbeing, said Humber counsellor Semone Kassim.

Students who attended the IWill Campaign launch were offered a test called the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scales, a questionnaire that measures an individual’s challenges in these areas, said Kassim.

Students who took the test were given self-care kits with tools and information to help with mental health and wellbeing.

There was also a zen area at the event with ideas teaching students different ways to de-stress, said Kassim.

Events like this are an important way to promote mental health awareness, said behaviour analyst, Carly Borg. It gives students the recourse to deal with mental illness.

“A lot of the time people don’t know how to, or just don’t want to deal with their feelings of anxiety, depression or stress,” said Borg.

“I think all schools should do something like this,” said Azalee Dimichele, 21. “A lot of other students make drastic decisions like dropping out of school due to stress and anxiety.

“But maybe if they had the tools and information to help deal with their stress and anxiety, like the IWill campaign in providing, this wouldn’t happen,” she said.

There are a lot of ways students can help promote mental health awareness around the school, said Kassim.

“There’s lots of stuff going on in social media right now and referring friends to events like this one can help create awareness around mental health,” said Kassim.

For the rest of the month, Humber staff and students can use hashtag #HumberIWill to promote ways they will encourage mental health and wellbeing.