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Suicide Prevention Day: What’s important

Mental health has no limit.

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Mental health has no limit and it doesn’t matter who you are in this world.

Mental health is an important matter that includes the word “suicide” somewhere.

Tuesday is suicide prevention day, which leads to the openness of talking about suicide prevention.

Suicide is a topic that is normally silenced and for those who are dealing with suicidal thoughts tend to find it hard to open their mouths to talk about it with others.

Suicide prevention is difficult but it is not hard to reach out to individuals and letting them know that there are others around them that cares and loves them from their hearts.

If you are part of the one in five individuals who find hope to not be that easy, you are not alone and don’t give up because there are many more people who care about you despite the fact that you may not see it.

For the four in five individuals, who have a connection with one who is dealing with their mental health, check on your friend, family, and whoever you know who may be considering suicide in their head.

The Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre, known as SWAC, is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for students to call into SWAC and request to talk to someone.
There are many free resources that they offer to students; some that support students through mental health include counselors, mental health nurses, and doctors.

In some cases, an accessibility consultant will be beneficial when mental health gets way out of hand; an accessibility consultant has the ability to create some accommodations with you that will give you the little hand you need to do well in classes.

If going to SWAC gives you butterflies, try going with a friend.

You can also try calling a couple of numbers given especially for having a chat.

Good2Talk is a good place to try as it is free for students in post-secondary education; their number is 1-866-925-5454. There are other numbers especially for crisis and one common text line is sending a text message to 686868.

The important message here is to remember that you are not alone as there are many resources out there for you.

Reach out and let others support you when life seems too rough. ■

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Bell Let’s Talk Day coming to Humber

Bell let’s talk day will be coming to Humber on Jan. 29.

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Bell will be bringing their yearly Let’s Talk event to Humber College this week.

Let’s Talk Day is a national day of raising awareness about mental health and furthering the conversation of acceptance, support and to decrease stigma.

The day also encourages the use of various platforms including social media to engage individuals. Bell also donates money to mental health funds based on messages sent throughout the day on their cellular network and social media posts.

Bell will be hosting two events at both Humber North and Lakeshore Campuses on Jan. 29.

The first event will be held at North in the LRC, starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at 12 p.m. The second event will be held at Lakeshore in A170 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is open to both Humber and Guelph-Humber student

Students who wish to contribute to the cause can make a tweet, a social media video, use Bell’s Facebook frame or Snapchat filter and also use the hashtag #BellLet’sTalk on social media. ■

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Exclusive: Guelph-Humber will not be moving as strategic plan is developed

There are no plans to move the university as a new strategic plan is developed.

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The University of Guelph told The Avro Post on Friday that there are no plans to physically relocate the University of Guelph-Humber “at this time” amid an ongoing process to develop a new strategic plan expected to be completed by the spring.

After a report revealed that last year that Guelph-Humber’s sole building at Humber College’s North Campus was over capacity and there were unverified rumours that the university would be moved, questions arose over its future.

Guelph-Humber was established in 2002 through a partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College.

Officials pointed to a new webpage dedicated to bringing together all resources to do with the partnership between Guelph and Humber including an operational review undertaken during the fall of 2017.

There has not been a new strategic plan since the governing framework of Guelph-Humber was written in 1999 to establish the university and so a year-long process was launched last May to make a new plan, according to a press release from the presidents of Guelph and Humber.

Guelph-Humber graduates receive a bachelor’s degree from Guelph and a college diploma from Humber. Guelph-Humber students have access to many of the supports provided by Humber and are also members of the IGNITE student union. ■

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A new era for IGNITE

The next generation of directors will have new challenges.

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With the passing of several bylaw amendments on Wednesday at a Special Meeting of the Members, IGNITE on Thursday strides into a new era with five months of decision-making behind it.

Elections will start in a matter of weeks and, for the first time in its history, the student union will not be electing executives. There will only be candidates for the Board, which sits at the top of IGNITE. 

There will be open seats at Humber College’s North, Lakeshore and Orangeville Campuses as well as at the University of Guelph-Humber. This next generation of directors will preside over a very different student union then the one the current term was handed last April.

In some ways, there will be more certainty.

They will enter a student union that has been reset with a new, more corporate direction moving forward through a new base rule: By-law No. 1 — which resets the rules for IGNITE with the bylaw amendments that students passed at the Special Meeting of the Members, combined with the skeleton of the previous Constitution.

That is not to say there will not be challenges. Chief among them will be the ongoing legal struggle over the Student Choice Initiative. Currently, the province is looking to appeal the decision made by the Ontario Divisional Court to strike down the initiative.

Several student unions, including the University of Toronto Students’ Union, have cancelled opt-out portals, ending its optional student fees and returning to the previous status quo of 100 per cent mandatory fees.

IGNITE reiterated its position on Wednesday that it would not end optional student fees while the SCI was in essential legal limbo.

If the Ford administration is successful in repealing the court ruling, student union officials said they would not want a scenario where they would have to flip-flop between mandatory and optional fees.

Directors will also have to manage hiring and overseeing the new student engagement coordinators, who will replace the current executive model.

They will be hired staffers within the student union and sit below the executive director and alongside part-time staff, according to graphics released by IGNITE. ■

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