As University begins another school year, students will feel both exhilarated and terrified. Many do well in this new found independence but many also struggle.
Seven years ago, a man by the name of Eric Windeler launched the following website Jack.org to educate young people and their families on how best to advocate for their own mental health. Its named after his eldest son, Jack, who died of suicide in March 2010 during his first year at Queen's University. Windeler believes that the new life after high school is "one of the most exhilarating and also most traumatic and dangerous, experiences of your life"
Eric Windeler basic message to parents is simple> TALK TO YOUR KIDS, ENCOURAGE THEM TO SPEAK TO FRIENDS, AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH EARLIER- LONG BEFORE GRADE 11 or 12.
- Don't isolate yourself
- Avoid perfectionism
- Talk as much as you can
- Learn about mental health