Stop the Stigma

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More than 11,000 students at Toronto Catholic District High Schools celebrated "Stop The Stigma" in May, taking part in activities that got them talking, and learning, about depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and psychosis.  In the three years of working in partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, we have reached more than 26,000 students. 

At each high school, Stop The Stigma Week kicked off with a school-wide assembly, featuring the personal experiences of young people who are living with depression or other mental illnesses.  A very special thanks to Erin and Asante, two young volunteers with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario who courageously shared their experiences with students, and to Lorenzo Colocado, one of the student leaders.

Check out this blog from Erin, sharing her experiences as one of the Stop The Stigma speakers. You can also read about Lorenzo who was recognized for his work, and was featured in the Globe and Mail. 

Student committees at each high school organized  a number of activities to encourage young people to talk about mental health, and to let them know how to get help if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. Activities this year included art therapy, drama presentations, mental wellness fairs, meditation, workshops, speakers, and videos.

Read about Stop The Stigma at Bishop Allen Academy, as reported in the Etobicoke Guardian.

Special thanks to the two Stop The Stigma Alumni Schools, Bishop Allen and Chaminade. In addition to the Bishop Allen, Chaminade and eight other 2011 Stop The Stigma schools, seven high schools took part in 2010 and again this year. These schools include:

  • Cardinal Newman
  • Don Bosco
  • Francis Liberman
  • James Cardinal McGuigan
  • Loretto Abbey
  • Mary Ward
  • Michael Power/St. Joseph