RRU Lights Up Purple for Mental Health

Hatley castle in purple hue

Royal Roads staff, students and faculty are invited to wear purple on Friday October 9 to promote mental health awareness. Use #lightuppurple and #lightuppurpleRRU to join the conversation on social media about World Mental Health Day and the Light Up Purple campaign. 

The university’s front entrance sign on Sooke Road will be lit up purple on October 10, to show Royal Roads’ support for people who live with mental illness.

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Capacity-Building Team, the HR Healthy U Team, Student Services and the Diversity Action Group are working together to host a series of events, activities and workshops throughout the month of October to promote mental wellness and reduce related stigmas. Please visit the Mindful Campus Events post or the attached calendar to learn more.

World Mental Health Day, founded in 1992 by the World Federation of Mental Health, aims to increase global mental health awareness, education and advocacy. This year’s theme is “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access”. As the world grapples with COVID-19, quality, accessible health care is more important than ever. There is no health without mental health.

Light Up Purple was founded by the Amanda Todd Legacy in 2013, a year after Amanda died from suicide after years of bullying, cyber abuse and harassment. Its goal is to honour those who have lived experience of mental illness and to work to remove the social stigma.