Registration for the Guelph Hacks for Mental Health event began just over a week ago, and already we’ve filled more than 50 spots with students spanning all 7 colleges!
We’ve got undergrad and grad students from the College of Arts, the College of Social & Applied Human Sciences, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Physical & Engineering Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College, the Ontario Vet College, and the College of Business and Economics.
Why? Because mental health affects us all. And because of this, we need all of your ideas and skills and energy to develop solutions to support positive mental health on campus.
But how can I, a person who doesn’t know how to code or build apps or make websites, help?
Here’s the thing – this event does not require teams to develop apps or websites. We want solutions – real solutions that are based on existing challenges. Maybe this means a marketing campaign to let students know of the services that are available on campus. Maybe this is a policy recommendation for the University to consider. Maybe it’s an algorithm to help optimize existing resources. Maybe it is a shiny new website. Maybe it’s an orientation week campaign that promotes support and assistance to those on campus suffering from mental health issues. Whatever the idea, we want to build the capacity on campus to support the mental health and wellbeing of students, staff, and faculty.
It’s just that simple. So if you think you have an idea, sign up. If you don’t have an idea, but you’re passionate about mental health, sign up. If you just want to help your fellow Gryphons, sign up. If you just want to make a difference and do something that might change the lives of students, staff, and faculty on campus, sign up. Sign up right now.
You can register for the event here.