The Coronation Jack Chapter(Jack.org) member, Taylor Wilson, a Grade 11 student, dishes up the cups of popcorn at the Coronation School for the Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan. 31. The Jack org. popcorn was one initiative of several to draw attention to the ending the stigma on mental illnesses. ECA Review/J.Webster
Members of Jack.org in readiness for the noon hour rush with popcorn for Bell Let’s Talk Day Jan. 31 include, from the left, Taylor Wilson, Zachery Rock, Brittany Bowthorpe and missing, Breanne Mears, all grade 11 students. ECA Review/J. Webster
Coronation High School Jack.org participated in the Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan. 31 to help end the stigma around mental illness by providing popcorn, themed ‘Mental Health is a mouthful’ along with participation by the Family School Liaison and Alberta Health Services Community Accessible Rehabilitation program.
Eight to 15 kids Coronation high school students participate in Jack.org with projects from ‘travelling postcards’ over Christmas, popcorn for ‘mental health is a mouthful’, murals and in the spring, ‘buddy benches’. and a speaker for Mental Health Week in May.
The Jack.org is the only national network of young leaders transforming the way people think about mental health.
In Canada, there are 91 high schools with only three high schools and five in secondary and universities in Alberta in the organization and Coronation, the only rural high school.
Forty-three universities across Canada and 16 colleges are actively involved in this initiative.
The purpose of the organization is to plan initiatives and programs designed with the input of young people at every step, to end the mental illness stigma in generation.