Three UWO students from Nursing and Health Sciences completed a Community Service Learning placement at mindyourmind during the Winter semester of 2011. The students chose mindyourmind for their placement because they wanted to help deliver relevant on-line messages of hope and support to students who are experiencing stress or emotional challenges while at school. The students completed a scan of 11 Canadian universities to examine what the universities were doing online to support students and took a close look at what students at Western thought about on-campus mental health services in general.
The students then developed a public service announcement aimed at students as a call to action. “If you feel Like the world is moving too fast...” They also created video questions and answers specific to students at Western that could be used in a customized version of mindyourmind’s Reach Out Game aimed at reducing stigma and encouraging people to talk to their friends about tough or sensitive issues.