The Friendship Bench

The Friendship Bench


Sam Fiorella knows first-hand what it means to miss a life-threatening conversation. His son Lucas took his own life in October 2014 after secretly suffering from depression.

Following his death, the Fiorella family learned how Lucas had reached out to his friends and classmates who were suffering from anxiety and depression. In April 2015 the Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench became a Canadian-registered not-for-profit corporation and conversations to end suffering were launched in schools across the country.

Thanks to a generous donation, Friendship Benches are being added to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic main campuses in Moose Jaw (January 28), Saskatoon and Prince Albert (January 29) to complement the bench installed on the Regina campus last year.

The yellow Friendship Bench "serves as a permanent, physical, and year-round reminder to students to take a moment out of their day to sit, breathe, and talk (or think) about their mental health and that of their friends. It's intended to inspire peer-to-peer conversations about mental health in order to reduce the stigma and encourage more students to seek help," reads The Friendship Bench website.

Please join us for the dedication of the Friendship Benches and hear Sam Fiorella speak:

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus
Cafeteria foyer
600 Saskatchewan Street
Moose Jaw SK
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert Campus
Technical building – Cafeteria
1500 10th Ave East
Prince Albert SK
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus
Lecture Theatre 104
1130 Idylwyld Dr North
Saskatoon SK

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