SHERIDANtalk: Breaking Barriers to Mental Health

Sheridan is pleased to announce our first-ever SHERIDANtalk event, designed to promote discussion around mental health issues and break down barriers that prevent young people from seeking help.

SHERIDANtalk will take place on March 12 from 6:00-9:30PM in the Marquee at Sheridan’s Oakville campus. The event builds on the Canada-wide “Unleash the Noise” Mental Health Innovation Summit. Structured in the format of TEDtalks, the event will feature innovators in the field of mental health who will share their ideas and experiences.

Speakers include: Eric Windeler and Erin Hodgins from the Jack Project; Mark Henick, the youngest President of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association division in history and speaker at TEDx Toronto 2013; and Arthur Gallant, one of the ‘Faces of Mental Illness’ from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness & Mental Health, a campaign sponsored by Bell as part of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative.

A number of Sheridan students and alumni have bravely agreed to share their stories at the event. Break-out discussion groups will enable participants to raise concerns about possible barriers to mental health at Sheridan and to brainstorm ideas to help overcome them. The event will also include a Q&A session with the panel speakers.

Sheridan also has a number of ongoing initiatives aimed at de-stigmatizing mental health diagnoses and helping students to tackle academic, personal or emotional issues that can impede their success. These include student advisement, individual counselling, group counselling, and accessible learning services. A full list of services can be accessed at: http://www.sheridancollege.ca/life-at-sheridan/student-services.aspx

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