Let’s Talk Mental Illness with UCalgary graduate students

Let’s Talk Mental Illness with John Gabriel Cabayao

John Gabriel was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type II in 2019 which came as a huge shock for him as he was previously diagnosed with and treated for depression. Have a listen of John Gabriel’s mental health journey in this video as he shares his mental health challenges with Bipolar Disorder Type II, the resources he has sought out, and his involvement in mental health advocacy at the University of Calgary. John Gabriel Cabayao is currently a Master’s student in Political Science and also the Vice Chair (Advocacy) for the GSA Mental Health and Wellness Subcommittee. 

Let’s Talk Mental Illness with Daniel Castaneda Mogollon

With one in five people becoming depressed at some point in their lives, depression is the leading cause of suffering and disability worldwide. This Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3 to 9, 2021), hear from Daniel, a PhD Candidate in the Cumming School of Medicine, about his struggle and journey with depression and ADHD.

It’s important to talk about mental illness to normalize the conversations and help end the stigma of mental illness. The GSA welcomes discussions and conversations about your mental health and mental illness.

GSA Mental Illness Awareness Week – October 3 to 9, 2021

Explore the events that the GSA is hosting this Mental Illness Awareness Week on the GSA Events page: gsa.ucalgary.ca/events

  • Oct. 4: Yoga
  • Oct. 5: Special Giveaway on social media
  • Oct. 5: West Africa Style Dance Class
  • Oct. 6: Breakfast with Tanille
  • Oct. 7: Origami Night with Kabita
  • Oct. 7: Strength Training
National Depression Screening Day – October 6, 2021

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious or down, you’re definitely not alone. There are small steps you can take to feel better. Start by checking in on your emotions. Take the free, anonymous quiz from October 4–10 at areyoufeelingok.com #NDSD2021 #OneStepBetter 


Access the GSA’s Mental Health and Wellness Resources on the GSA website: gsa.ucalgary.ca or follow the GSA Mental Health and Wellness Subcommittee on Instagram to receive information and involve in conversations about mental health: @ucalgary_mhwc