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You are invited to support an important initiative that students of all programs at the Story Arts Centre have been working on all school year.

 

What: Project Fusion, a co-curricular student-led initiative, partners every year with CivicAction, raising awareness from a student perspective on one its issues-of-focus. This year: mental health in    the workplace. Students have taken a student  perspective on the issue, as the about-to-employeed.

 

When: The students’ final project will be an “Up All Night” event: from 7 p.m. on March 31 to 7 a.m.  on April 1Why:  Students, faculty and guests will be awake in solidarity for those with mental health issues and are awake all night as a result, but also to talk about “what keeps millennials up all night” and what do employers need to know about his generation that is about to enter the workforce? All money raised will go to the Friendship Bench to buy a bench for the Story Arts Campus as well as additional funds to a mental health charity.

 

Where: Story Arts Centre, 951 Carlaw Ave.

 

How to get involved?

 

1. You are invited to attend. The best time for employers to attend is the panel discussion and employer-student ‘speed discussion’ from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We would love you to participate in the ‘speed discussion’ with our students. Of course, you are invited to attend the whole evening.

 

2. Sponsorship: Our donor page (students and faculty/staff can set up individual or team donor pages) is at www.upallnight.myevent.com Please consider donating. If you would like to be a recognized donor for a portion of the evening, please contact the organizers at storyartsupallnight@gmail. com for details. For more information:

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To RSVP, please send an email to scmdupallnight@gmail.com

Thank you!
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Millennials are preparing to enter the workforce. Accordingly, employers are being faced with a new and unfamiliar challenge: adapting to the needs of a new generation within the workplace. Specifically, the largest challenge facing existing employers stems from the capacity to offer adequate resources for individuals suffering mental health related issues.
This campaign is intended to focus directly on the workplace, and furthermore the generation slated to enter the workforce. By 2025, 75 per cent of jobs will be held by millennials. Accordingly, the initiatives to cope with the issue will be much different.
According to Statistics Canada young people aged 15-24 are more likely to experience mental illness than any other age group.

 

70 per cent of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

 

Every year we lose 762 young Canadians to suicide, that is two per day. According to CAMH, mental illness affects thinking, mood or behaviour and can be associated with distress and/ or impairment of functioning, and encompasses symptoms that range from mild to severe.

 

Any given week 500,000 Canadians are absent from work as a result of poor mental health.

Employers need to start asking the tough questions. How are they to confront the needs of a totally new generation?

 

Specifically, what changes can be made to facilitate the needs of millennials? We need to approach mental health from different angles, and using new frameworks. By getting people thinking and talking we can get them to act, and accordingly make meaningful changes.