UMSU Mental Health Awareness Week Challenges Stigma Head-On

Posted on February 21st, 2017

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) is leading into the February reading week break by hosting Mental Health Awareness Week.

Several activities have been planned for this week aimed at both arming students with the right information about mental health and breaking down the stigma facing people living with mental health diseases.

The week-long event kicked off Monday with a self-love photo booth from Active Minds and art therapy sessions. The Graduate Students’ Association lounge was also transformed into a relaxation room, an initiative of one of UMSU’s partners, Healthy U.

Other activities scheduled for the week include pet therapy sessions, further art therapy sessions, and a social media contest where students can post a picture of themselves taking part in stress-relieving activities.

UMSU vice-president advocacy Dara Hallock stressed the need for increased mental health awareness on campus, while also encouraging students to pay attention to their own health and seek help when the need arises.

“There is stigma that surrounds those who face mental illness throughout their lives but what many people may not recognize is that although one in five Canadians live with mental illness, five of five of us have mental health, and we need to take measures to maintain our mental health,” she said.

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