March 20, 2015

Peel secondary students take a stand against mental health stigma at regional summit

On March 25, 100 students from 18 secondary schools in Mississauga will learn how to reduce mental health stigma at a one-day summit organized by the Peel District School Board, with support from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. ​

“Stigma is one of the barriers that prevents youth with mental health problems from getting help,” says Jim Van Buskirk, chief social worker at the Peel board. “The summit will educate students and inspire them to be leaders to help transform the way we view and address mental health problems.”

At the summit, students will learn about the effects of stigma and hear stories of hope and recovery from people who have lived with mental health problems and mental illness. Participants will also engage in activities which they can share with their own schools and communities to raise further awareness.

The anti-stigma summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 25 at the Canadian Coptic Centre, located at 1245 Eglinton Ave. W. in Mississauga.

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Media Contact: Jim Van Buskirk, Chief Social Worker, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2316, [email protected] 
  
Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected]    
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