UBC president Santo Ono will be visiting Kelowna on Jan. 30 to talk about mental health

UBC president Santa Ono coming to Kelowna to talk about mental health

All proceeds from speech at Willowstone Academy on Jan. 30 will go to charity

A prominent university figure is coming to Kelowna to talk about mental health.

UBC president Santo Ono will be at the Willowstone Academy on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m to talk about about his own personal journey through depression and bi-polar disorder.

“Suicide is a real risk for university-age youth and we need them to know they are not alone,” said Ono.

READ MORE: UBC president announces $100M in student financial support

Despite battling depression, Ono’s academic career has led him to be the first Asian-American president of the University of Cincinnati and a professor of biology at Harvard University. He also holds a PhD in experimental medicine from McGill University.

Money raised from the event will go towards Third Space’s Student Care Program, which provides clinical counselling services to UBCO students on campus.

In the last two years alone, Third Space provided around 2000 free counselling session to UBC Okanagan students.

For more information on the speech, you can visit the event organizer’s website.


@connortrembley
connor.trembley@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Calvary Chapel Kelowna

Attendees of the Sept. 13 morning church service may have been exposed, Interior Health says

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Kelowna man injured during arrest sues RCMP

Supreme Court civil claim alleges Dustin Blondin was the victim of an ‘unprovoked attack’

United Way celebrates seven decades of impact in Southern Interior

Organization sees issues with poverty, mental health and addictions, heighten during the pandemic

Regional district funding phased out for Friends of Fintry

Heritage site volunteer group loses $39,000 grant incrementally over next two years

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Public input sharpens vision of Oyama Ithmus Park

Proposed project to shape the long-term future of waterfront land in Lake Country

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

PHOTOS: Ghost sighting in Vernon’s Polson Park

Mom and daughter photoshoot brings joy and laughter to bystanders

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Parks Canada not responsible for Mount Kobau blockade

Nearby residents have been vocal about plans to turn the area into a national park

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Most Read