Jack.org: Transforming how we think about Mental Health

Jack.org is a national network of initiatives and programs with a vision of “No More Silence” on the subject of mental health. This program launched following the 2010 suicide of Jack Windeler. Jack was in his first year at Queen's University at the time. People described him as bright and funny, but he was also struggling with mental illness. And, like many others, he couldn't reach out for help, so he shut the world out.

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May 2-8 is Mental Health Week in Canada

CMHA Logo EN 80x2651This week (May 2-8) is Mental Health Week in Canada. This is a week dedicated to awareness and support for mental health. Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the intention of this event is to promote positive mental health. This includes working to stop the discrimination and stigma that often accompanies mental illness.

So what does that mean for you?

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Keep losing your keys? Tile is here to help

TileTile is a simple Bluetooth tracking device that helps you track down your stuff. Losing things is a common stereotype of ADHD. Unfortunately, this stereotype is also based in reality. Many people with ADHD have a tendency to lose or misplace things. They lose their wallet, their keys, their glasses...anything really. This can be frustrating. It can waste time in the mornings. It can end up costing a lot of money to replace things. It's not fun!

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Sky Zone Toronto's new Sensory Night

Sky Zone TorontoSky Zone Toronto, part of a chain of indoor trampoline parks, has recently started holding a monthly "Sensory Night" for children and adults with autism, ADHD, and other sensory challenges!

Every last Monday of the month, Sky Zone will turn the music off and "dial down the distractions" for those with special sensory needs. According to an article describing this event at a Winnipeg location, the initiative was set up in response to research showing how soothing activities like trampoline jumping can be for children with sensory challenges. This is a great way to help those with sensory needs reap the benefits of trampolining without the environment overwhelming them!

Suicide Awareness: One man's story of survival

Earlier in the month, we found a video about a man who jumped off the Golden Gate bridge and survived to tell the story. Only 1% of people who have jumped off that bridge have survived, and he's one of them. This is a story that made us stop. It made us cry. It reinforced our passion with working in mental health. Most of all, it highlighted how important it is to spread suicide prevention awareness.

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