On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench will partner with Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School to unveil a yellow bench in support of the #YellowisforHello mental health awareness campaign. #YellowisforHello is a national program that hopes to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health-related illnesses and increase the dialogue surrounding causes and prevention.
The symbolic yellow bench provides an additional place in schools where students may gather to meet new friends, to seek help or to simply be there for others.
“We’re delighted to include Fletcher’s Meadow among the 11 Canadian schools unveiling a Friendship Bench this fall," says Sam Fiorella, managing director of the Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench. "By joining the #YellowIsForHello program, Fletcher’s Meadow is making a powerful commitment to students that says we care about you and we care about your mental health."
“We hope that having the yellow bench in our school will encourage students and staff to speak openly about mental health and well-being in our school community,” says Dana Sheahan, principal of Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School. “This bench is symbolic of the continuous work our school does in ensuring our staff, students and community have a voice about mental health.”
Friendship Bench unveiling ceremony:
When: Thursday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.
Where: Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, 10750 Chinguacousy Road, Brampton, ON L7A 2Z7
Who: Dana Sheahan, principal, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School
Sam Fiorella, managing director, Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench
About The Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench: The mandate of the Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench is to connect students dealing with mental health issues, and who are unsure or unable to ask for help, with campus resources and other students willing to help or listen. The installation of the yellow benches in high schools and university campuses across Canada serve as a visual reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and conversations among students. Each bench features a URL where students can quickly access on-campus and local mental health and suicide-prevention services. For more information, please visit www.thefriendshipbench.org and follow @yellowis4hello on Twitter and The Friendship Bench on Facebook.
Alison King, Communications Director, The Friendship Bench, 905-484-3261, firstname.lastname@example.org
Navneet Sahota, School Communications Assistant, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2626, email@example.com