Brock course aims to destigmatize mental health

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

On November 19, a group of 15 students attended the first class of the four week ‘Mental Health First Aid: Adults who interact with Youth’ course at DeCew Residence of Brock University.

The course aims to make Brock a safe space for students by alleviating the existing stigmas around mental health. Students who are interested in helping their peers improve or address mental health can get certified through the program, as well as gain valuable mentorship skills.

According to Kelli Romanin, transition and support coordinator for Brock University Residence, Mental Health First Aid is a course designed to elevate people’s overall understanding of mental health. The program helps instruct students how to confidently deal with mental health issues that arise with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family and friends.

“The class filled up in a short amount of time because students are eager to support one another in their mental health. Through the course, students engage in meaningful discussion about how mental health has impacted their lives and how we can create a safe space here at Brock University,” said Romanin.

The course is set to equip attendees with knowledge of how to deal with mental health problems on and off campus. It focuses on situations where students step away from talking about mental health and falling victim to silent suffering. Mental Health First Aid has been consistently running through the school year, for those who are interested in getting certified.

“Resident students will be able to apply this in their everyday life. It is not uncommon for people to shy away from engaging in mental health problems because we may not have the skills to deal with them effectively. It helps to foster a positive relationship with mental health and one another,” said Romanin.

Romanin expects that she will be running another training course come January due to high turnout, as students are eager to help their peers. The course helps further cement Brock’s placement as first in mental health support services among Canada’s comprehensive universities by Maclean’s University Rankings.

An added incentive for students is recognition on their ExperienceBU transcript and they are highly encouraged to check for upcoming valuable training course(s). Anyone interested in joining the current session of this course should register through ExperienceBU and should keep an eye out for the next session in January 2020.


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