Santa Ono shares personal struggle at student mental health summit (Dr. Michael Krausz)
Last month, UBC President Santa Ono spoke about his personal struggle with suicide at the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Summit. Co-led by the BC Canadian Mental Health Association and the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, the event aimed to improve campus mental wellness through collaboration between students, professionals, faculty, administrators and community partners.
Ono has tried twice to take his own life – once at age 14, then again in his late twenties – and he talked about those experiences with the summit’s 150 attendees.
UBC professor of psychiatry Dr. Michael Krausz agrees. According to him, the president speaking so openly about mental illness could contribute to its de-stigmatization while assuring those in need that their institution can help them.
David Nixon reports