“Join the resilience for the sake of others. A healthy community starts with a healthy you.”
Each year, about 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a significant mental health concern. According to Statistics Canada, young adults aged 15-24 experience the highest incidence of mental disorders of any age group in Canada. In 2016 the American College Health Association completed a National College Health Assessment across Canada which found that within a period of 12 months, 44.4% of students reported they felt so depressed that it was difficult to function, 59.6% felt things were hopeless, and 13% seriously considered suicide.
The King’s University is taking a new approach to mental health this year with a campaign called “Join the Resilience” to help address these issues in our community.
“Just in the past year, we’ve had a huge increase in the number of students who are accessing mental health resources,” said Zac Berg, counselling psychologist at The King's University. He attributes that partly to the university’s work to communicate with students about help that is available and to the lowering of stigmas regarding mental illness.
Centering prayer, peer support, spiritual mentoring, free counselling, wellness groups, care packages, monthly sessions tackling challenging topics – all of these are part of the initiative.
“We hope to foster an abundant community comprised of students, staff, and faculty practicing self-care and participating in honest and vulnerable relationships of trust. In this way, we hope to fulfil our mission statement to bring renewal and reconciliation to every walk of life” said Vice President Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Michael Ferber.
Giving to this campaign today directly benefits students at The King's University in very tangible ways, including the ones listed in the "rewards" on the right.
All funds received from this campaign will be pooled to create the largest benefit for the most students. Tax receipts are available for donations over $20.
Thanks to generous matching donations from King's alumni Amanda Chikowski, Registered Psychologist (BA'09), Jenny McAlister, Registered Psychologist (BA'02) and Michael Stolte, Registered Psychologist (BA'95), your gift will go even farther!
- The King's Guild
- David Fraser
- Leanne Willson