Mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau to speak on campus

By Costa Maragos Posted: February 5, 2018 6:00 a.m.

Margaret Trudeau will share her experience dealing with bi-polar disorder. The mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is speaking on campus February 9.
Margaret Trudeau will share her experience dealing with bi-polar disorder. The mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is speaking on campus February 9. Photo courtesy of Speakers’ Spotlight

Margaret Trudeau is coming to campus to share her personal experience in dealing with bi-polar disorder and offer inspiration for people dealing with the devastating effects of mental health issues.

Trudeau is speaking February 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Education Auditorium. The event is open to the public and is free altough donations will be accepted. The money raised will go towards the U of R Students' Union Student Bursary program.

Mental Wellness Week
Trudeau’s speech is the culmination of a week of activities to mark Mental Wellness Week, held by the U of R Students’ Union.

Trudeau, mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is the author of four books including her bestseller Changing My Mind. Her latest book, The Time of Your Life, offers women an inspiration and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future.

President Dr. Vianne Timmons will introduce Trudeau at the speaking event on campus.

“Mental health is getting more attention in the public eye than ever before, which is a good thing. It was not discussed much when I was a student, and as a result, a lot of people suffered in silence. Many still suffer in silence, so it is wonderful that people like Ms. Trudeau have the courage to come forward with their stories,” says Timmons, who has seen Trudeau speak.

“She is inspiring and people will take a lot away from this talk,” says Timmons.

This year’s theme for Mental Wellness Week is bring your inner out!

“Our hope is to create a safe environment so people can get informed about mental health,” says Haris Khan, Vice-President External for the U of R Students’ Union. “We want students to be aware of services, and start a meaningful dialogue about the different ways people experience stress, depression and other mental health ailments to ensure everyone can feel comfortable seeking help.”  

This weeks’ list of activities include an Improv Yoga Night, dog therapy, a You Are Not Alone workshop and much more. If you wish more information please contact Haris Khan at vpext@ursu.ca.

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