THE YELLOW UMBRELLA PROJECT

The Yellow Umbrella Project is a mental health initiative that will take place on Ontario college campuses during the 2016/2017 academic year. The mission is to stop the stigma surrounding mental health and recognize the resources available to students within their college community.

The NCSAC has been involved with the campaign since its inception in January 21st 2013 as the #Blue 2013 campaign. NCSAC is one of the many college Student Associations in the province that participate in mental health advocacy and awareness campaign.

SYMBOLISM

As one of the lightest colours, yellow is uplifting and illuminating. Yellow offers hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. Within the meaning of colours, yellow is the great communicator; it loves to talk.

The Yellow Umbrella symbolizes shelter; shelter from the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Our Goal

  • Increase awareness among Niagara College students and the community about factors contributing to mental health challenges
  • Decrease the stigma that is associated with mental health on campus
  • Ensure students are aware of the resources that are available to them on and off campus
  • Promote positivity and balance in all aspects of a student’s life through engaging initiatives
  • Continue to advocate and support mental health initiatives for all post-secondary students

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch
    Phone #: 905-641-5222
  • Distress Centre Niagara
    Phone #: 905-688-3711
  • Family: Mental Health Support Network of Niagara
    Email: contact@familysupportniagara.com
    Phone #: 905-894-6808
  • Phone #: 1-866-925-5454
    Alternate Phone #: www.good2talk.ca/
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Share Your Experience on Snap Chat

Don’t forget to share your YUP experience on Snap Chat using our custom Yellow Umbrella Project Geo-Filter available at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses throughout the entirety of the week!

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 3rd

  • What Makes You Happy Photoshoot

    • Where: Outside the SAC Office (NOTL)
                    Outside the Core (WC)
      Time: All Day
      Tell us “What Makes You Happy?” at the #YUP photo booth to help spread the word of Mental Health Awareness. Be sure to use our new YUP filter on Snapchat.

Tuesday, October 4th

  • BYOB - Bring Your Own Banana

    • Where: The Armoury & The Core
      Time: 12PM – 2PM (or until supplies last)
      Bring a banana to the Student Centre and receive a banana split with all of fixings. Didn’t bring a banana? Don’t worry, bananas will be sold for $.50 with all proceeds going towards the Student Emergency Food Bank. 
  • Meditation Room

    • Where: W213 – Niagara-on-the-Lake
      Time: 10AM – 4PM
      Need a quiet place to hang out? W213 will be available for students to relax during the hectic school day. Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday, October 5th

  • Ya’ Laugh, Ya’ Lose

    • Where: The Core
      Time: 1PM – 2PM
      This game was made famous on Youtube and now it’s your chance to give it a try! Come to the Core and take the test. Lots of prizes to be won.  
  • Cash Cube

    • Where: The Armoury
      Time: 1PM – 3PM
      School can be a financial strain and NCSAC wants to help. Come to the Armoury for a chance to go in the Cash Cube. How much money will you win?

Thursday, October 6th

  • Wake Up with #YUP

    • Where: The Armoury & The Core
      Time: 8AM – 9AM
      Come to the Student Centre during Rise & Shine for some hot breakfast options. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, juice, bananas along with the usual continental breakfast will be provided. Wake up before you go-go! 
  • Disney Day

    • Where: The Core & The Armoury
      Time: 12PM – 4PM
      Grab a bite, kick back and relax while watching some Disney favs. Inside Out and Toy Story 3 will be playing in the Student Centre from 12PM – 4PM.

Friday, October 7th

  • Meditation Room

    • Where: SA 202 – Welland
      Time: 10AM – 4PM
      Need a quiet place to hang out? SA 202 will be available for students to relax during the hectic school day. Light refreshments provided.
  • Retro Video Games Day (Welland)

    • Where: The Core
      Time: 10AM – 3PM
      It’s a throwback to your childhood with some of your favourite Retro Video Games. They will be available to play in the Core from 10AM – 3PM. Let loose with Mario and the gang.
  • Retro Video Games Day (NOTL)

    • Where: The Armoury
      Time: 10AM – 3PM
      It’s a throwback to your childhood with some of your favourite Retro Video Games. They will be available to play in the Armoury from 10AM – 3PM. Let loose with Mario and the gang.