The Friendship Bench

Contact Information
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Site Information
Located In Community Oakville
Physical Access Not Applicable
Agency and Service Names
Alternate Name Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench (The) ; Yellowisforhello
Agency Information
Description (Agency) An organization that encourages students in secondary and post-secondary institutions to speak out about depression, anxiety and suicide so that those who need help feel they can get it without being stigmatized.
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2014
Primary Executive Sam Fiorella, Co-Founder
Funding Fundraising ; Donations
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Friendship Bench Program: 
* for teens and young adults attending high school, college or university 
* volunteers work with on campus groups to install a yellow friendship bench 
to remind students to get support if they are dealing with loneliness, depression or other mental health-related issues  
* bench is embossed with the URL:, which explains the purpose of the bench and promotes the mental health resources available at the school as well as a list of resources available provincially and nationally 
* also raises funds to support existing on-campus student mental health services and programs
Hours Not specified
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility * members of Canadian secondary or post-secondary student councils, student services groups, school faculties or administrations
Application Visit the website for more information or to Request a Bench.
Languages English
Fees None
Categories and Classification
Service Categories Health Related Advocacy Groups ~ Young Adults ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Suicide Prevention Programs ~ Young Adults

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