The Jack Project signs agreement to call Queen's home
Queen’s University has signed an agreement that brings The Jack Project, an organization dedicated to helping youth achieve optimum mental health, to the university.
“We want to help Queen’s be leaders in mental health,” says Eric Windeler, who launched The Jack Project with his family after his son, Jack, died of suicide in his first year at Queen’s in 2010. “I was impressed with how Queen’s reacted during my family’s tough time, and with recent initiatives such as the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health and professor Heather Stuart’s mental health and anti-stigma research. We have a growing sense that Queen’s is responding to the challenge. We have confidence that our story can add to this momentum and leadership.”
After two years based at Kids Help Phone, the Jack Project @ Queen’s aims to be more actively engaged with young people aged 15-24. Mr. Windeler thinks one of the best ways to do this is to be on campus working directly with student leaders.
“Our home is at Queen's so that our initiatives can be student-inspired, youth-engaged and fast-tracked to implementation ... while being linked to outstanding experts and expertise about mental health,” Mr. Windeler says. “The Jack Project @ Queen’s will help to make mental well-being for youth in transition a priority for them – and for the rest of us.”
The Jack Project acts as a passionate and compassionate bridge between youth and mental health experts focusing on those in transition from high school to their next life stage. It helps create and support programs that encourage youth to talk about their mental health.
“It is important to encourage students to talk more openly about mental health issues and working with The Jack Project on our campus will benefit both Queen’s and other colleges, universities and high schools across Canada,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “Eric Windeler has shown courage and leadership on this issue and I am grateful he has chosen to share his experiences with us.”
The Jack Project @ Queen’s fund was recently launched with the 1982 Class 30th Reunion.