Jack.org Nominated for Champion of Mental Health Award
Congratulations to our students who run Jack.Org at King’s on being nominated for a Champion of Mental Health Award. Six King’s students, Samantha Radley, Nicole Off, Nicole Turner, La-Keasha Moore, Heather Steinmann and Colleen Dolliver were recognized for their work at the 10th Annual Breakfast of Champions in London, before a crowd of 1000 guests. The event is organized by St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex.
Jack.Org at King’s is part of a national network of students working to change the way people think about mental health on campuses. At King’s, Jack.Org has been involved in many initiatives to shift negative attitudes, beliefs and behaviours around mental health to create a safer, more supportive community for all.
On campus, Jack.Org had several public events including their popular pumpkin smashing last fall and the Jack Summit King’s which is a day-long event to reduce stigma experienced by people with mental illness.
The students were nominated, along with two other organizations, London Hydro and First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP), as an organization which has made a significant contribution to mental wellness in London and Middlesex. London Hydro was the recipient of the award. Everyone at King’s is so proud of the nomination for Jack.Org at King’s. Well done! #wellnessatkings
Also at the event were King’s alums, Katie Hart and Adam Newton, recipients of the award last year for their project, PEARS. Several King’s faculty and staff were at the breakfast including professors Chris Roney, Wendy Ellis, Peter Ibbott, Joe Michalski and Cathy Chovas along with Erin Lawson Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs and Joe Henry, Dean of Students, and Kendra Hardy from King’s KAMP program.