Out of something terrible, has come something good.
In December 2010, Paul Hansell, a graduate of Assumption Catholic Secondary School and first-year student at Brock University lost his life to suicide.
Paul’s father Brian, has created the Paul Hansell Foundation, which promotes programs aimed at supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of youth.
In the past few months, a new initiative has been started, called the #ConvoPlate
The plates are designed to get people talking about mental health and they’re created by teens.
Individuals receiving a plate are asked to start a conversation about mental health, share that they are part of the conversation thread on social media (quoting the hashtag #ConvoPlate and plate number) and pass the #ConvoPlate to someone else.
Among those receiving plates so far: Premier Kathleen Wynne, Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, Parenting Author and Mental Health Advocate Ann Douglas, Margaret Trudeau, Retired Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, 27 MP’s and 7 MPP’s.
A new batch are being created on September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.
A special #ConvoPlate is being designed and will be presented to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, Chicago, when they appear in Hamilton on October 29.