Ontario Celebrates Mental Health Leaders

Ontario - As part of Mental Health Week, Ontario is recognizing two graduate students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding efforts in the study of mental health. 

Jennifer Scarborough, a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, will receive the award for her research into developing inclusive practice guidelines for caregivers of children with eating disorders. 

Troy Kenny, a Master of Social Work student at Carleton University, will receive the award for his research into the impact of school connectedness and positive male mentorship on adolescent boys with depression.

Each year, the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship is awarded to two students who are enrolled in full-time social work graduate programs at a publicly funded Ontario university to support their research in mental health.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • The Hilary M. Weston Scholarship is awarded to two students who are enrolled in full-time social work graduate programs at a publicly funded Ontario university to support their research in the area of mental health. Each student receives $7,500.
  • The Ontario government created these scholarships in honour of Hilary M. Weston, the province's 26th Lieutenant Governor.
  • Approximately 30 per cent of people in Ontario will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse challenge at some point in their lifetime, with one in 40 Ontarians experiencing a serious mental illness.
  • Ontario is making the largest single investment in Canadian history in mental health and addictions care, which will help reduce wait lists and make it easier for people to access the care they need.
  • This year, runs from May 7-13, 2018.

Additional Resources

  • Apply for a Hilary M. Weston Scholarship.
  • Find out if you or someone you know is eligible for one of Ontario’s Honours and Awards programs.
  • Find healthcare services, including mental health care, near you.
  • Read the province’s plan for mental health promotion and support: Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

Quotes

“This scholarship was inspired by the empathy and compassion for others’ wellbeing that social workers embody, so that a new generation of young academics and social workers could lead the way in our understanding of mental illness. I am pleased we can support the work Jennifer and Troy are contributing to this important field.”

Hon. Hilary M. Weston

former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“These outstanding students are shining examples of the innovative research happening at Ontario universities. Mental Health Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate research like Jennifer’s and Troy’s that help to end the stigma of mental illness, while paving the way forward on research and education.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration