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What students are saying about Starting a Conversation About Mental Health: Foundational Training for Students

Student participants weigh in on their reasons for contributing their real-life experiences to the training scenarios offered in the new mental-health resource, Starting a Conversation About Mental Health: Foundational Training for Students. Students’ anonymity has been upheld for privacy reasons.

Student Participant 1 –  

“I felt really empowered to be a part of this project. I never expected my personal experiences with mental illness to help anyone else, but I'm really happy they did. I'm grateful that I got to be a part of this project because I really do believe in open resources and making knowledge accessible. I'm also grateful that I was chosen for this project because it taught me a lot, like how to support someone in crisis and the importance of applied learning. I wanted to be involved because I wanted to learn more about mental health and how to support my friends.”

Student Participant 2 –  

“I wanted to be involved in this project because, in my field (computer engineering), currently there is a lack of support for those that are troubled by mental-health issues. The key factor that is missing is the dialogue. I know that to be able to create dialogue, it is important to feel confident to be the first one to speak up. This project gave me that confidence. I was able to gain the skills I needed to create mental-health awareness in my field. I was able to initiate safe dialogue with others. I am thankful to have been part of this project, and I hope others can benefit from my contribution.”

Student Participant 3 –  

“This project was a great experience and gave me an incredible opportunity to collaborate with other students about mental health. This project made me feel included and heard, and gave me the opportunity to tell my story and feel supported by others. I am hoping this resource will provide other students with the support they need in a difficult moment and help schools in B.C. become more prepared when it comes to mental health and providing support.”