We've talked about the Jack Summit a couple times in the past weeks (from blog posts about our Community Champions who are going as facilitators, to our Countdown & Reasons We're Excited). But we realized... a lot you might not even know what Jack Summit is. Or why it's AMAZING. So we asked this year's Creative Director, Sia, to share a bit about his experiences with Jack Summit so even if you're not attending, you can relish in the awesomeness that will be happening in TWO DAYS!
WHY IS THE JACK SUMMIT IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Ok this is my favourite thing to talk about. Simply put: Jack Summit is important to me because mental health is important to me. I'm disappointed in the way society has created a stigma around talking about mental health. I understand how personal one's mental health is, but we as a society are generally comfortable talking about other personal things - why not mental health? There is so much pressure being put on young people today, such that we feel the need to "choose" between academics, sleep, physical health, social interactions, etc. because we are led to believe that one cannot be successful in all of these areas. Jack Summit is important to me because having young people come together to discuss ways to eliminate stigma is SO COOL. I'm so excited for the summit. We openly talk about problems that we as a generation of young leaders have the power to change. That's cool. Jack Summit so much fun - I've been looking forward to Jack Summit 2015 since the 2014 summit ended.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INVOLVED AT THE ORGANIZING LEVEL?
I first got involved on the team for the 2014 summit as the social media lead. I joined because I was so interested to combine my passions for social media and talking about mental health! Apart from my portfolio as the social media lead I loved meeting the delegates and facilitators at the summit! As a 200+ person collective, we are all working to eliminate the "us vs. them" mindset around mental health. One thing that I like about Jack Summit is that we are all students - whether you are a delegate, a facilitator, or a member of the executive team, your voice will be heard. There's no "us vs. them" mindset between different student roles at the summit - what really matters is that we are all young people who are dedicated to targeting stigma and making noise.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE STUDENTS WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE SUMMIT?
I hope students leave the summit confident, excited, and ready to take action. The summit isn't contained within the four walls of the conference room. Conversations about mental health go home with us, follow our networks, and can change peoples lives. I hope that the 200 students coming to Jack Summit are able to recognize the great potential that our summit has in the change it can make. The summit is a unique way to bring together 200 nationwide student leaders to talk about our health - so let's talk about health!
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM LAST YEAR'S SUMMIT?
I'm pretty sure this is public knowledge but last year the summit's official hashtag was trending nationwide! I was told about this in the middle of a presentation I was making and made it off the stage just in time to cry of happiness.
Thanks Sia! @siabadie