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School of Graduate Studies

Climb for Mental Health to Support Stigma Awareness Education at AMHS-KFLA

For Immediate Release

December 11, 2017 – Queen’s University graduate student Shamik Sen (Neuroscience) is climbing a mountain this week to raise awareness and funds for the issue of mental health stigma. Sen left Kingston on December 10 to travel to Tanzania, where he will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  Sen has created a GoFundMe campaign for his climb, with funds raised to support anti-stigma education at Addiction and Mental Health Services, KFLA (AMHS-KFLA).

This past year, as part of his graduate work with Dr. Roumen Milev and Dr. Heather Stuart at the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s, Sen facilitated anti-stigma education with AMHS-KFLA’s Cooking Connections program.  Cooking Connections is a community collaboration with Loving Spoonful and HIV/AIDS Regional Services that delivers a 10-week program combining cooking classes with discussion and training on overcoming stigma to those experiencing mental health problems and social isolation. The program has been a great success, and Sen’s Climb for Mental Health will help ensure the program continues to support individuals in reaching their wellness goals.

Says Sen, “Just because a mountain doesn’t exist in plain sight, does not mean someone is not currently climbing one. AMHS-KFLA have been an instrumental partner to the efforts of my studies and I would like to invite you to aid their efforts in mitigating the stigma of mental illness.”

AMHS-KFLA staff and volunteers are delighted by the awareness and support being raised by this innovative climb, helping to end stigma one step at a time!  For more information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/climb-for-mental-health-stigma

Media Contacts:

Shamik Sen, Climb for Mental Health - s.sen@queensu.ca

Kristiana Clemens, AMHS-KFLA - kclemens@amhs-kfla.ca  /613-544-1282

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