Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is very proud to announce that St. Francis Xavier University Student’s Union has partnered with MDSC on our internationally recognized Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health and reducing stigma.
By displaying the blue anti-stigma elephant, students and staff will know that this represents a safe place to talk about mental illness without feeling afraid, thought less of or stigmatized. Opening up the conversation is the single best thing anyone can do for someone who is going through issues. People will know what the elephant represents – which leads to the open discussion about mental illness, the first step in seeking support.
“All too often students are faced with the challenge of internalizing Mental Health challenges. The Elephant in the Room campaign effectively enables dialogue as well as the creation of safe space and comfort for our students. The stigma surrounding mental health needs to dissolve and we are more than happy to join efforts with the MDSC on this important initiative.”- Troy Mrazek, President, St.FX Students’ Union
“We are excited that that St. Francis Xavier University Student’s Union is using the Elephant in the Room anti-stigma campaign to address the high prevalence of mental health issues in universities”, states Dave Gallson, Associate National Executive Director, MDSC.
About the Mood Disorders Society of Canada:
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada was launched in 2001 to provide people with mood disorders, their families and caregivers a strong, cohesive voice at the national level on issues relating to mental health and mental illness. With particular regard to depression, bipolar disorder and other associated mood disorders, the MDSC aims to improve access to treatment, inform research, shape program development and government policy to improve the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders.
For more information:
Associate National Executive Director