Shannon Dillon, a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has been involved with Jack.org for most of her university career. Last year, she led her school’s Jack Chapter.
Shannon has seen the shift in mental health conversation and resources at Queen’s in the last couple of years, and she's proud of the way the Queen's Jack Chapter has contributed to that change. "Talking about mental health is much more open at Queen's now. If we’re able to have just one student reach out for help, or change one student's perspective on mental health, that's all that I care about at the end of the day."
This year, she got to meet with Peggy Sattler, the NDP critic for Training, Colleges and Universities. Peggy asked Shannon, “What does the provincial government need to know about mental health?” Shannon told her about how Jack.org works to eradicate stigma, and that there aren’t enough resources for young people who reach out for help.
“To be given an opportunity to advocate for this need, to be given a platform to speak, it really hit close to home for me,” Shannon says. “Being part of an organization that’s all about making noise, it was awesome to have someone who was willing to listen, especially someone who has the ability to affect change at a government level.”