Project Overview

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.

Friendship
Invite conversation
Value everyone’s gift
Eliminate stigma 

Background

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! 

Get Involved

 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:

  1. I am committed to embracing and respecting those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  2. I am committed to standing up (and speaking up) when disrespect is shown against those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  3. I am committed to making a difference and promoting wellness in the lives of those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  4. I am committed to conducting myself and my endeavours in a manner that is respectful of those who experience mental health distress and mental illness.
  5. I pledge to know the facts, to being aware of my attitudes and behaviours, and to speaking and acting respectfully when discussing or speaking to those with mental health distress and mental illness.
  6. I am committed to suspending judgments against people who experience mental health distress and mental illness.
  7. I am committed welcoming friendships and/or relationships with those experiencing mental health distress and mental illness.
  8. I am committed to not treating people who experience mental health distress and mental illness as if all they are is their diagnosis.

Take the Pledge now! 

Contact:
Lyndsay Cotterall
Clinical Counsellor
Simon Fraser University
[email protected]

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