Royal Roads lights up purple to support mental health

October 3, 2018
Cindy MacDougall

The university’s sign on Sooke Rd. will be lit with purple Wednesday Oct. 10 to show Royal Roads’ support of people who live with mental illness. Wear purple to join the World Federation of Mental Health and the Amanda Todd Legacy on World Mental Health Day and participate in the Light Up Purple campaign.

Royal Roads will host activities throughout the day and into the next week, including workshops and art stations.

World Mental Health Day, founded in 1992 by the World Federation of Mental Health, aims to increase global mental health awareness, education and advocacy. This year’s theme is “young people and mental health in a changing world.”

Light Up Purple was founded by the Amanda Todd Legacy in 2013, a year after Amanda died from suicide after years of bullying, cyber abuse and harassment. Its goal is to honour those who have lived experience of mental illness and to work to remove the social stigma.

Royal Roads is developing a mental health strategy for students. Students and others will have opportunities to contribute ideas to and offer input on the plan throughout the fall and into the winter.