I Am Not OK was launched in November 2016 as part of a major assignment given to my classmates and I. The objective was to take findings from a 2016 OUCHA study and turn them into an investigation. We wanted to know why the mental health crisis among post-secondary students was growing so rapidly, so we sought answers.
From the beginning, we collectively brainstormed topic ideas, ways to present stories, interview subjects, etc. and continued from there. I was assigned to conduct a podcast with Niagara College’s International Student Advisor, which can be found here. After this, I proposed the idea of making a media contact list of other colleges, universities and organizations who work closely with student mental health.
After contacting approximately 50 different institutions, using a media contact list that I constructed myself, I managed to arrange partnerships with the University of Ottawa and Kids Help Phone/Good2Talk, as well as some promotion from York University.
I also conducted a phone interview with Megan Van Massenhoven, Outreach Coordinator for Good2Talk, which resulted in another story about the organization and how it can be beneficial for students.