This Friday, October 10, Nipissing University will Light up Purple for Amanda Todd and World Mental Health Day, bathing the front entrance in a vibrant purple light.
Nipissing joins hundreds of landmarks from countries around the world, including the CN Tower, Empire State Building and North Bay city hall.
The Light Up Purple movement is the work of the Amanda Todd Legacy Society and adds an Anti Bullying message to World Mental Health Day.
Amanda Todd was a young woman who suffered from extreme depression and took her own life due to extreme bullying. Purple was her favorite colour.
Her family launched the Light up Purple movement to help spread the discussion about mental health and wellness.
While the university is shining a purple light, there are lots of ways for everyone to get involved.
Light up your home, wear something purple, make your Facebook page purple for the day, drink purple tea, or colour your hair purple.
And, make sure to join the conversation on Twitter using #lighuppurple while sharing your images and messages. See the Facebook page here:
Included is a video clip explaining Light Up Purple - http://youtu.be/
Also, École secondaire publique Odyssée is very active in mental health issues. The school is actively participating and staff and social services have organized a day of activities, carrousels and presentations. It is also a WEAR PURPLE DAY.