from the Merritt Herald:
As the weather turns in the month of October, the collective mood of students at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology also tends to take a turn.
Which is why the school has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to bring the Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Day to the community on Oct. 19.
The one-day mental health workshop is geared towards students, specifically aboriginal students, explained Marcia Mejia-Blanco, communications and events coordinator with NVIT, but anyone is welcome to attend as the knowledge will be applicable to people from all walks of life.
“We’re going to have quite a few agencies here that provide social service supports in town,” said Mejia-Blanco. “So people that are having issues with housing or something like that, we’re going to have people here who can help direct them and give them some resources.”
Along with interactive games, the mental health “fair” — as Mejia-Blanco described it — will feature videos and adult colouring books, as well as a wealth of information regarding mental health treatment, supports and self-care.
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