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You may have memories of markers being snatched from your pudgy toddler hands as you tried to unleash your inner Picasso on your dining room wall. Now your time has come – and with a purpose! From March 9-13, Laurier faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to “Scrawl on the Wall” in support of mental health.

Grab your marker and visit one of the large pieces of paper posted across Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses to share your thoughts and reflections on various mental health questions:

  • What positively influences your mental health at Laurier?
  • What negatively influences your mental health at Laurier?
  • How can Laurier be a leader in mental health and wellness where you live, learn, work and play?

Scrawl on the Wall is a joint initiative of the Mental Health Education Group and Laurier’s Mental Health Task Force. The feedback received through Scrawl on the Wall will be used to inform the creation of a comprehensive Mental Health Strategy at Laurier.

“Each of us finds hope and encouragement in different ways. By understanding what positively and negatively impacts mental health on our campuses we can better respond to the needs of our community members, making Laurier a safe, inviting and flourishing campus,” said student and Mental Health Education Group Coordinator, Danielle Stewart. “As a Laurier student, I am proud to see that our campus is breaking down the stigma of mental health and seeking to understand the various facets of mental health on our campuses. Let your voice be heard!”

On Laurier’s Waterloo campus, Scrawl on the Wall papers will be posted in: the Concourse, Science Building atrium, 202 Regina Street, the Schlegel Centre atrium, the Athletics Centre, 255 King Street third floor, Bricker Academic Building, Library, Dining Hall and Faculty of Social Work.

On the Brantford campus, papers can be found in RAC West.

“I think it’s great that the university is asking for student input and will use it when making big decisions about mental health,” said Laurier student Sarah Buisman.

Laurier’s Mental Health Task Force, co-chaired by Dean of Students for the Waterloo Campus Leanne Holland Brown and Assistant Vice-President: Human Resources Pam Cant, aims to create a comprehensive mental health strategy that streamlines, formalizes and integrates mental health into all aspects of Laurier’s culture.

The student Mental Health Education Group is part of Laurier’s Mental Health Student support group, led by Adrienne Luft, mental health student support coordinator, and Sherri Steinberg, mental health student support coordinator (acting).

For more information, please contact Leanne Holland Brown at lhollandbrown@wlu.ca or Pam Cant at pcant@wlu.ca.

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