Breaking Down the Stigma

Whether you're struggling with coursework, mental health, or other challenges, it's important to know that you're not alone.

We know that asking for help can be tough. Many students worry that seeking support is a sign of weakness or incompetence. But we believe that asking for help is actually a sign of strength and courage. It takes guts to admit when you're struggling and to reach out for help.

That's why we're working to break down the stigma of asking for help. We believe that by promoting a culture of support and understanding, we can help students feel more comfortable seeking the help they need.

Here are a few ways we can all work together to break down the stigma:

1. Normalizing help-seeking: We believe that seeking help should be a normal and accepted part of the post-secondary experience. That's why we encourage students to talk openly about their challenges and share their experiences of seeking help.

2. Educating others: We know that many people still hold harmful stereotypes about help-seeking. That's why we're committed to educating others about the benefits of seeking support, and challenging harmful myths and misconceptions.

3. Celebrating vulnerability: We believe that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. By celebrating honesty and vulnerability, we hope to create a culture that values mental health and wellbeing.

4. Fostering a sense of community: Feeling connected to others is an important part of mental health and wellbeing. Connecting to peer support programs, mental health clubs, and other initiatives can bring students together and eliminate the feeling of being isolated.

5. Encouraging self-care: Asking for help is just one part of self-care. We also believe in the importance of taking care of our own mental health and wellbeing. That's why we encourage students to prioritize self-care practices such as mindfulness, exercise, and healthy eating.

By taking these steps, we hope we can break down the stigma of asking for help and create a more supportive and inclusive post-secondary environment.