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Getting the mental health conversation started

  • Panel and Heather Stuart speak during Let's Talk Mental Health
    A panel of students and Cross-Cultural Counsellor Arunima Khanna shared their experiences with mental health on campus during a special event on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Mitchell Hall. (University Communications)
  • Bell Chair in Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Heather Stuart
    Bell Chair in Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Heather Stuart speaks during Tuesday's Let's Talk Mental Health at the Rose Innovation Hub in Mitchell Hall. (University Communications)
  • Bell Chair in Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Heather Stuart, Let's Talk Mental Health
    Bell Chair in Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Heather Stuart hands the microphone so that an audience member can ask a question of the panel members. (University Communications)

It was an opportunity to talk about mental health at Queen’s University on Tuesday.

Facilitated by Bell Chair in Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Heather Stuart, a special event called ‘Let’s Talk Mental Health’ was held in the Rose Innovation Hub at Mitchell Hall, with the goal of sharing “real stories, real conversation, and real experiences.”

Emceed by Rector Alex Da Silva, the event brought together a panel featuring Arunima Khanna, Cross-Cultural Counsellor with Student Wellness Services, as well as students Constantina Venetis, Jake Bradshaw, and Tom Ellison, who all discussed their own experiences with mental health and answered questions from the audience.

The talk is one of a number of events being held leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Other events include #BellLetsTalk games on Saturday, Jan. 26 for the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams as well as the men’s hockey team.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day booths will be set up from 11 am to 2 pm in Mitchell Hall and the Queen’s Centre to share information about mental health resources on campus

Elsewhere on campus, Queen’s Residence Life will host a Bell Let’s Talk booth event at Leonard Dining Hall from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Later in the day Residence Life will host a film viewing and open discussion on mental health at Victoria Hall A011 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, which is open to students living in residence.