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The Hi-F.I.V.E. campaign aims to eliminate stigma towards those who are experiencing mental health distress or illness (now or in the past). All campus communities are invited to take the pledge and respect and embrace anyone experiencing mental health distress or mental illness.
Provincial interest in developing this campaign to raise awareness and eliminate stigma against those experiencing psychological and mental health distress at BC post-secondary institutions emerged at the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Summit in 2010. Since then, it has evolved into a volunteer-run movement, led by an elected student executive committee and supported by SFU Health & Counselling Services.
Value everyone’s gift
An intended core aim of this campaign was to encourage, educate, and inspire open conversation about mental health and invite kindness and friendship towards anyone experiencing mental health issues. In addition, the campaign hopes to end stigma that may prevent individuals with mental health issues from accessing help and to foster a culture of understanding, dialogue, friendship and support. This campaign goes beyond challenging stigma, it promotes: kindness, conversation, friendship, and treating everyone with respect.
In March 2013, SFU Health and Counselling Services and Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses partnered to hold a logo design contest inviting post-secondary students to submit their designs in a bid to win $500 and have their logo be the face of a mental health revolution in BC. After a preliminary selection process by SFU staff, the top entries were brought before student panels, mental health groups, and social media in which based on all feedback, David Yan was determined the winner of our search. Read his interview to gain insight on the inspiration behind his design and why we love it so much. Congratulations, David!
The Hi-F.I.V.E. campaign invites everybody in our campus communities to join us in taking this pledge and respect and embrace anyone experiencing mental health distress or mental illness.
PLEDGE: I am committed to the following regarding those who experience or have experienced mental illness or mental health distress including myself:
Take the Pledge now!
Simon Fraser University
If you are an institution or workplace interested in adapting the Hi-F.I.V.E. initiative to your environment, please feel free to download the toolkit. This toolkit includes: Initiative Objectives, Implementation Ideas, the Pledge, Logo, Door Signs, Button Templates and Pin Cards.Download Tool
In this online training course, you are encouraged to explore your beliefs about mental health challenges. You will learn facts about common mental health conditions (such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia), and gain a greater understanding of ways you can help reduce stigma and support others.
The course is FREE and takes between two to three hours to complete. Start today and learn how to reduce the stigma of mental health distress effectively!
Register here!Download Tool
An initiative designed to provide an outlet for SFU students to share their personal stories of dealing with stress, anxiety or other mental health issues. Multiple blank journals will be available around campus for students to pick up, share, and pass along. The first page of the diary will outline the objectives, asking students to share their stories and pass along to a friend. View what others have written here or download the tool to read more about the diaries on page 7.Download Tool
Hi-F.I.V.E. SPACES provide safe places for those who struggle and or experience mental health distress to seek support and friendship. Download the PDF and put it on your door to signal that you are offering a Safe Space for anyone who is in need.Download Tool
Hi F.I.V.E. SPACES provide safe places for those who struggle and or experience mental health distress to seek support and friendship. Download the PDF and put it on your door to signal that you are offering a Stigma Free Zone for anyone who is in need.Download Tool
Download the Toolkit to view and print the button template. Show your support by wearing this pin on your backpack, or on a secure place where other students can see it! Encourage others to get involved by sharing the pins.Download Tool
Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor, Simon Fraser University
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