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Students use social media to improve mental health on campus

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 Kaitlyn Kerridge
Dr. Catherine Zahn with first place winner Kaitlyn Kerridge.

Second place went to the University of Waterloo’s Stand Up to Stigma, organized by students Kristin Brown, Stephanie Lu and Suzie Alexander.

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 and the winners of Mental Health 2.0
Dr. Catherine Zahn with the winners of Mental Health 2.0.
Back 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 Kan.

Dr. Zahn 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.

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