Reducing stigma around mental illness is the goal of an event that will bring students from Colchester and Cumberland Counties together this month.
More than 170 students and staff from local schools will be participating in Headstrong Summit events Oct. 18 in Amherst and Oct. 26 in Truro (at NSCC campuses in each town).
Headstrong is the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) youth anti-stigma initiative.
Stigma keeps many people from seeking the help they need. The first symptoms of mental health problems and mental illnesses are often experienced in the teenage years and young people can be especially impacted by stigma.
At the summit, students will hear personal stories of hope and recovery from people who have lived with mental illness, as well as learn about the damaging effects of stigma. Participants will also engage in activities and action planning to assist them in taking these messages back to their schools.
In 2016, 120 CCRSB students and staff participated in a Headstrong summit in Pictou County.
More information on Headstrong can be found at