Name: Josh Clapp
School: Humber College
Major: Film and Media Production
Fav thing about your campus: Location is right on the water with a view of the Toronto skyline.
Dream Job: Directing/Producing films
What is your connection to mental illness?
Not only have I suffered minor from mental illness whether it be anxiety, mood disorders and body image issues, but I have also watched it destroy the lives of so many of my close friends that cope with it every single day. It was after these incidents where I realized that I had absolutely no clue how to properly help them. I want to share my story and become more educated on mental illness in order to not only help myself, but also be able to help those around me. I want to help empower youth and enable them to find that inner strength in order to keep pushing forward.
What does your campus do to help students’ mental health?
My campus does a few things to help students’ mental health. The athletic department hosts a mental health awareness walk every year in the month of October. The school
has a designated ambassador who plans events regarding mental illness throughout each academic school year. There is also has a program specifically for mental health and addictions, whose students study these types of topics and them look for ways of aiding others in the real world. Stress relief events are held whether it is offering counseling, a nap room on campus, or bringing in animals for students to interact with.
Do you have any school year self-‐care tips to share with other students?
• Use your passion and creativity as an outlet (writing, photography, painting, filmmaking, etc.)
• Talk to others about how you feel
• Plan school assignments accordingly
• Balance your time (work is important, but so is sleep and fun)
• Healthy eating and drinking water