Students in Mind Conference

By supporting Students in Mind, you’re empowering students to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and well-being at McGill.

  • Help fund speakers, workshop leaders, facilitators, and publicity for the annual, one-day conference.
  • Promote mental health awareness among the entire student body
  • Increase awareness about the mental health and well-being resources available on-campus

What does mental health mean to you?

University life is complicated, and academic pressure is just the tip of the iceberg. As young adults, each day brings with it an obstacle course of sorts: embracing who we are, financing our education, and sometimes just getting out the door when it’s -40℃ outside. On top of all of this, there are a slew of other challenges to deal with – like the pressure to succeed, to fulfill goals, to make the “right” decisions for our futures.

At Students in Mind, we are trying to create a conversation centred on mental health about the support we get from our peers, the way we take care of ourselves individually, and the way we think about the experiences, accomplishments, and obstacles we’re all faced with. Our one-day conference aims to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental health all too frequently in society. Our secret weapon? Communication. Breaking down the barriers that exist about sharing our feelings, asking for help, and seeking assistance is the first step normalizing these types of conversations.

Students in Mind is more than just a conference, it is a platform for change. In its third consecutive year (and second year crowdfunding on Seeds of Change), the project gives clout to the idea that it’s OK not to be OK, and to talk about these feelings when we need to.  In doing so, we are recognizing that mental health is a facet of our well-being that deserves to be nurtured, as it truly dictates our day-to-day experience. Understanding that our mental health exists as a continuum rather than a point of weakness is something we aim to bring attention to. This is what we hope to accomplish with the Students in Mind 2015 conference, and how we hope to grow a supportive mental health community at McGill.

Meet the Project Team: 
Caitlin Courchesne
  • Communications Director
  • Neuroscience student, U2
  • CrossFit fanatic
Danny Jomaa
  • Conference Director
  • Physiology and psychology student, U3
  • Trilingual sushi-lover
Lauren Sugar
  • I am the logistics director for the conference, meaning I handle things like venue, attendee registration, catering, and scheduling!
  • B.Sc. in Psychology
  • I have been an aunt since I was 9 years old!
Adam Pietrobon
  • Publicity Director
  • Biochemistry student
  • Past member of the McGill Quidditch Team!
Quinn Ashkenazy
  • Content Director
  • 3rd year Psychology student with a minor in Politics, Law and Society
  • Can’t function without regular doses of dark chocolate