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Written by Diane Whitelaw, Intern, King's Communications & Media Relations

On Friday, February 27, 2015, Jack.org King's will be hosting a Satellite Summit, in the Vitali Student Lounge Extension, to promote mental health on campus. Jack.org King's is the student-run club that relays Jack.org's mission to King's students. This Satellite Summit is an extension of the Jack Summit, an annual event held in Toronto on the same day. At the Satellite Summit, students will share stories, and discuss ways to end stigma while talking about mental health issues. Student participants signed up in January to attend this event.

“King's is one of many universities, colleges and high schools across Canada participating in the movement to fundamentally transform the way that we think and talk about mental health through the creation of chapters within their respective institutions,” states Jack.org King's club secretary, Stacey Salagubang. “King's students will be participating in the summit by facilitating discussion to find new ways to shatter the stigma that is associated with mental health. This same process will be taking place at the Jack Summit in Toronto as well as other Satellite Summits held by other chapters nation-wide.”

Jack.org is a Canadian organization that discusses mental illness and wellness in memory of Jack Windeler, a Queen's university student who died by suicide in 2010. The organization was active and vocal on Bell Let's Talk Day in January, encouraging participation in the conversation about ending the stigma around mental illness.

“The information gathered at satellite locations, such as King's, will be sent to the main Jack Summit in Toronto where the information will be saved and utilized for future Jack.Org campus initiatives. We have approximately 20 King's students participating in our summit, and hope for more volunteers to join in our efforts and do bigger and better things throughout the year,” notes Salagubang.

Follow Jack.org King's on Twitter @JackorgKings, on Instagram @Jackorgkings, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jack.org/kings for articles on mental health, and updates on what Jack.org is up to.