h2art: October 1st

Content warning: suicide

Last year, Healing Hearts Through Art (h2art) was born from the loss of a student life at the negligence of UofT. Our institution is unfortunately not unfamiliar with these solemn events. Our Founder vowed to create a community that supported student mental health, regardless of language, class, immigration status, or other barriers. Today, in the wake of yet another loss, we revisit that vow to let each member of our community know: Art is there for you, and so are we.

On behalf of h2art, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to their family, friends, loved ones and peers. We assure each and every member of our community that we will continue to stand with you as we mourn this loss.

To support you best, all h2art Team Members have completed their Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR) training. We know that this is not enough, and continue to equip ourselves, with Team Members who have safeTALK, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and more!

Our mission is as valid today as it was last year. We will continue to encourage regular, expressive, and critical art-making practices at the UofT community. Our aim is to gather and nurture a community of art-ivists and engaged community members who show up for one another.

h2art is here to support your well-being. Please refer to some attached resources, and feel free to reach out to us if you need niche supports. We know each individual and their needs may be unique – we’re here to support you in finding the warmth and care you deserve!

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