COPE is a student mental health initiative at McMaster University. It was founded in September 2008 by a group of McMaster students looking to make a difference. What started from humble beginnings is a now one of the most active clubs at McMaster with plenty of opportunities for members to get involved in the community and on campus.
As a mental health-oriented organization, they tackle many issues regarding the stigma and awareness surrounding mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Their goals are:
1) to organize awareness events
2) to facilitate volunteer placements which include clinical placements research, and mentorship with mental health organizations in the community
3) to support those organizations through fundraising initiatives
4) to educate and support students at McMaster through workshops and speakers’ series
5) to engage McMaster students and provide opportunities to get involved with mental health issues in their community.
For general awareness about mental health/well-being/illness, they maintain a constant presence in the student centre with information tables and de-stress workshops. To encourage an inclusive environment within COPE, they host a variety of social events for general members to bond through campaign preparations and discussion. Volunteer Sub-committee meet bi-weekly to organize and run events, developing members’ leadership skills.
To learn more check out their website below.