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  Yellow is for Hello - January 23, 2019 6:30pm
  Yellow is for Hello
Date: January 23, 2019
6:30pm - doors open for snacks and mental health information and resources
7:00 - 8:30pm - presentation
Location: Kildonan-East Collegiate, 845 Concordia Ave
Presenter: Sam Fiorella, Co-founder - The Friendship Bench
Registration Required by January 18, 2019
There is no cost to attend this event

Please join us for a free evening focusing on building student resiliency and positive mental health.

Our guest presenter is Sam Fiorella, co-founder of the The Friendship Bench, the not-for-profit organization behind the #YellowIsForHello hashtag. The bright yellow benches link students to mental health resources and have been appearing in high schools and universities nationwide.

In October 2014, Sam’s son Lucas took his own life after suffering from depression in silence. After his death, Sam and other family members discovered Lucas was a great support to friends and classmates who suffered from anxiety and depression, reaching out to them when he sensed they needed help. Each conversation started with a “hello” and in each case, Lucas gave them the courage they needed to speak with family or get help from professionals. Sam is continuing Lucas’s legacy and helping to spread awareness and education about youth mental health.

Sam will be helping us launch the #YellowIsForHello campaign in some of our RETSD schools. This initiative is to help reduce stigma, encourage peer-to-peer conversations about mental health, and link our students to local mental health resources.

For more information, please contact our divisional Mental Health Team at or visit

  Thank you for registering.
We look forward to seeing you on January 23rd at Kildonan-East Collegiate.

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