Runners were rewarded with medals after they ran past the finish line of a four kilometre trek, but the real prize was supporting mental health awareness during Humber’s third annual Mental Health Run.
Participants of the run that took place at Humber’s Lakeshore campus on Oct. 12 were encouraged to run or walk at their own pace and were offered water and snacks throughout the course.
Humber student Vishwadeep Singh says a participant in wheelchair inspired him and the event was a motivator in bringing people together for a common cause.
“It is my first experience to run actually,” said Singh.
“Everyone here is doing so much for mental health purposes,”
The Office of the Principal and Lakeshore’s Athletics Department collaborated on the event.
“Our office proudly partners with our departments and encourages student health and well-being through events,” said Kavelle Deonanan, Event Community Liaison with the principal’s office.
Recreation and Fitness Coordinator Nathania Bron said, “with so much out there in terms of studies saying that activity helps us with our mental health, we wanted to promote not just the services on campus we have for students but also that activity can help in releasing stress.”
The event also featured a variety of groups promoting services for students and offering information about mental health.
The Athletics Department and IGNITE tents stood out.
IGNITE offers a service called Student Lifeline, which provides students with short-term counseling, online resources and referral to campus and community resources.
Student Lifeline is available via phones, computer or app. When prompted to log in, interested users should write “students” as username and “IGNITE” as the password.
Besides Student Lifeline, students can take advantage of the sleep lounge located at KX208 at North campus and KB106 and Lakeshore campus.
“As organization, we decided to focus on a more broad aspect such as the well-being of students to prevent mental health problems,” IGNITE Vice President of Student Affairs Anna Bilan said. “IGNITE participates at the College Mental Health committee and participates in different events and with Humber as well.”
“IGNITE has a really great support for our students,” Bron said. “Events like the run are important in a college setting as it brings people together and gets people talking about issues while making them feel like they are a part of something.”