Mental health fair helps students navigate resources

    Stills from the STUSU Mental Health Fair, from this past Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2022. with the participation of STU mental Health Society, Chimo Helpline, and United Way Central. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

    The St. Thomas University Students’ Union Mental Health Fair took place on Nov. 30 at James Dunn Hall with the purpose to help students deal with stress during the finals season. 

    Anahí Álvarez, STUSU’s vice president of student life, said she organized the mental health Fair with the objective to spread mental health awareness among students during this challenging time of the semester.

    “The aim of the mental health fair is to support students with resources that they can get on campus and outside campus,” she said.

    Álvarez hopes the fair was beneficial for students to learn and network with the helplines and counsellors available to them across the Fredericton area, especially for people who are not from Fredericton.

    “We are going to have resources among the Fredericton area that will benefit students to know that they are resources that they can reach out,” said Álvarez.

    During the fair, students approached the booths eager to learn about the resources available to them. 

    Álvarez said she wants to continue helping students on their path to bettering themselves and taking care of their mental health. 

    “We are hoping to do an info session or a panel where we can invite either students or different organizations to talk about any mental health-related topic,” she said.

    One of her goals as vice president of student life is to promote mental health on campus, which is why Álvarez said it’s her job to show students where to start when it comes to looking for support.

    “It is really important that as a representative we continue that awareness of mental health because I think that most students do not know where to start,” she said.