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Northern SS Students Work to

Northern SS Students Work to "Help a Friend in Need"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

On September 10, Northern Secondary School’s WellNSS: Mental Health Matters leadership group was invited to participate in Facebook Canada’s media launch of the Kids’ Help Phone “Help a Friend in Need” guide. This resource gives teens the information they need to know to help their peers and answers questions such as What are the warning signs of depression? How do I know if a friend is at risk of suicide? and What can I do to help? The launch was timed to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.

Among the speakers, the students heard from Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off the Record, who talked about his struggles living with depression. “The speakers were very inspirational. It showed me that any student, regardless of their situation, can be suffering in silence,” said Luiza Araujo, a student ambassador for WellNSS. Other speakers included Sharon Wood, President and CEO of Kids’ Help Phone and the Managing Director of Facebook Canada, Jordan Banks. TDSB Ward 11 Trustee Shelley Laskin was also on hand.

Northern’s WellNSS group has taken a leading role in the TDSB. Last year, Northern hosted the Bell Let’s Talk Day Kickoff with former Olympian Clara Hughes. The school has been addressing Mental Health Issues since the inception of WellNSS in 2011. 

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