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Monday, September 11, 2017

Friendship Bench for Mental Health at King's

King’s University College is the first post-secondary institution in London to join the Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench campaign and implement a friendship bench on campus. 

The Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench campaign was created to continue the legacy of Lucas Fiorella who, after secretly suffering from depression, took his own life on October 12, 2014 in Ottawa. As part of the nation-wide campaign, King’s University College and King’s University College Students’ Council have permanently placed a friendship bench on campus in the quad outside of the Student Life Centre. The grand unveiling of the bench will be on September 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. 

The Friendship Bench is an actionable program that encourages student-to-student conversations about mental health and facilitates peer-to-peer support networks. Friendship benches are located in universities, high schools and elementary schools across the country and King’s is the first campus to have one in London. Despite the increased efforts by both secondary and post-secondary institutions to offer additional education and services for those struggling with mental health, many students still don’t seek help. The purpose of the Friendship Bench is to create a physical place where people who can’t ask for help may still receive assistance. It’s a visual symbol of a peaceful place to encourage students to discuss their mental health. 

Media Contact:

Taylor Rummell 
Communications and Media Relations Intern 
King’s University College
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