On March 18, CAMH hosted a celebration for the winners
of Mental Health 2.0, a contest for students run by the Council of Ontario
Universities. The competition asked undergraduate and graduate students to use
their social media prowess to create online campaigns that connect students
with peers and promote mental health on campus.
Brock University’s Cope-Care-Connect, headed
by Community Health Sciences student Kaitlyn Kerridge, took the top prize.
Dr. Catherine Zahn with first place winner
Second place went to the University of Waterloo’s Stand Up
to Stigma, organized by students Kristin Brown, Stephanie Lu and Suzie
Third place was tied between the University of Windsor’s Stacey Riddell and Michelle Gajewski for Community for 1st Year Post-Secondary Students with Social Anxiety, and Western
University’s Vitals Student Wellness Initiative organized
by students Kevin Dueck, Julian Surujballi and Daniela Kwiatkowski. The Vitals
project also won the People’s Choice Award.
“I was very
happy to hear that the Council of Ontario Universities had created a competition designed to improve campus mental health and destigmatize mental illness and that we had
the opportunity to host the awards event here at CAMH,” said Dr. Catherine
Zahn, CAMH’s President and CEO.
Dr. Catherine Zahn with the winners of Mental
Row L to R: Michelle Gajewski, Kristin Brown, Daniela Kwiatkowski, and Kevin
Dueck. Front Row L to R: Kaitlyn Kerridge, Suzie Alexander, Dr. Catherine Zahn,
Stephanie Lu, Julian Surujballi, Stacey Riddell, and OCAD artist who designed the awards is Andre
welcomed guests and offered inspiring words for the student finalists. “One of
the promises we’ve made in our strategic plan is that anyone who touches CAMH
will become an advocate for mental health. You are already advocates and I hope
that today’s touching of CAMH reinforces your commitment,” she said.
The winners were selected from a list of ten finalists by a
panel of experts in accessibility, mental health and social media. CAMH
panelists included Medical Director Dr. Kwame Mackenzie and Senior Medical
Advisor Dr. David Goldbloom.
You can learn more about the contest and student submissions by
visiting the Mental
Health 2.0 website.