The Guelph-Humber Advertising and Marketing Association, or GHAMA, is holding an event to raise awareness for mental health on Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the university’s Atrium.
The GH Let’s Talk event is the university’s version of the popular “Bell Let’s Talk” movement, and also aims to advocate for a healthy mental state, a wellness priority organizers say students rarely address.
GHAMA Vice President of Design Kedice Jones told the Post that “it is important to acknowledge that mental health is just as important as physical health, which we as students tend to neglect due to balancing, school, work, family life, et cetera.”
Both University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College students are invited to the event that will include refreshments, a photo booth, different activities, and a chance to create a stress ball.
Jones said that students often ignore their mental state, saying that “when we get the flu or sprain an ankle we make it a priority to see the doctor”, but when feeling “overwhelmed or depressed”, people keep to themselves due to a harsh social climate.
“Today it is shamed upon or dismissed when someone says they feel depressed,” the executive said, explaining that GHAMA aims to “change that mentality.”
Vice President of Internal Affairs Kaela Johnson, who created the event after GHAMA’s breast cancer awareness day was interrupted by the college faculty union strike last year, told the Post that she hopes GH Let’s Talk becomes an annual event.
Although not officially associated with “Bell Let’s Talk”, Johnson said she hopes the event becomes part of the awareness day movement for next year.
Both executives said that students should head to Humber College’s counseling services on the North Campus’ Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre.
Image of the University of Guelph-Humber Atrium from previous files.