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Mental health, relationships & you

Brought to you by Got Your Back! and the Mental Health Awareness Committee (MHAC).

Presented by: Joyce Li, Vanessa Schell, & Jackie Huberman, Clinical Psychology PhD students


When & where: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6pm-7:30pm,

Ellis Hall 324

Presentation, Q&A, and free snacks!


It can be tough to navigate mental health issues in our relationships. In this talk, we will share research, practical tips, and real-life experiences related to issues of mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, grief, stress, etc.) in the context of platonic and romantic relationships.  


Together, we’ll contemplate the following scenarios, and more:

  • “My best friend is going through some serious mental health struggles right now. How do I best support her, without burning out?”

  • “I am struggling but don’t know how to communicate to my partner and my family what I need from them. How do I have these conversations?”

  • “I want to date, but my mental health issues can make it tough and complicate things. How can I navigate this?”

  • “I’m glad to be my girlfriend’s rock but it’s exhausting me, and I find myself pushing away sometimes. Does that make me a terrible person?”

  • “My housemate’s mental health issues make it hard to do everyday things, like going to class. How much should I push him to get moving?”


We also encourage you to submit your questions anonymously at:


This talk is meant to provide an overview of mental health-related issues, and is not a substitute for professional help. If desired, please see professional help at Student Counselling (LaSalle building) or contact Good2Talk for support and local resources:


Who are we: We’re Joyce, Vanessa, and Jackie, PhD students in the clinical psychology program at Queen’s. We all have experience working with young adults facing a wide variety of mental health issues, and we know how tough it can be to get the support you need and/or to support loved ones. We hope you’ll come away from this talk feeling more equipped to start having these conversations with the people in your life.


We’ll be joined by a couple of undergraduates who will share their experiences navigating challenging mental health issues in their own relationships.

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