On Tuesday, the Guelph Humber Advertising and Marketing Association, or GHAMA, hosted their own Bell Let’s Talk event to bring awareness about mental health. 

GHAMA held the event this week to educate students on mental health illnesses and disorders, which involved refreshments, games, and a colouring session.

President of GHAMA, Arienne Johnson says the reason behind the event was to create a safe environment for students to communicate their issues and engage in stress relieving activities.

Back in October of 2017, the month-long OPSEU college faculty strike affected thousands of students which lengthen the duration of their semesters, and shortening the Winter break.

“I think there are students still affected by the past semester since it was a bit rushed, it is obvious that students would be overwhelmed.” says Johnson.

Being a marketing society, GHAMA believes that there continues to be an inaccurate representation of mental health in mainstream media.

“I do find that in the media today, not all outlets, but there are some that tend to sugar coat a little bit with mental health,” Johnson admits.

“It is a serious thing and we want people to feel welcomed and feel conformable talking about it as well.”

Johnson also advises anyone that wants to become more involved in mental health awareness is to be supportive of events like GH Let’s Talk.

“Being a participant and showing that you’re willing to come to these events is what allows these events to continue.”

GHAMA has many more events developing for 2018, including an Autism and Down-syndrome awareness day meant to educate students on what autism is.

To follow up on future events or to join the society, GHAMA can be contacted through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Image taken from GHAMA Twitter page.

Written by Melissa Lopez-Martinez

Melissa Lopez-Martinez is a third year media student at the University of Guelph-Humber.

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