Friendship Bench (The)

Site: Oakville

Record #: OAK9112
Last Full Update: 08 Nov 2023

Contact Information

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Primary Contact Sam Fiorella, Co-Founder
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Agency Information

Description (Agency)

A volunteer-driven, registered not-for-profit organization, that encourages student-to-student conversations about mental health, facilitates peer-to-peer support networks and funds on campus mental health programs.

Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2015
Funding Fundraising ; Donations

Description and Service Details

Description (Service)

Provides an actionable program that encourages student-to-student conversations about mental health, facilities peer-to-peer support networks, and funds on-campus mental health programs

  • encouraging peer-to-peer conversations about mental health among students
  • educating students about the causes of mental illness, and how to build resiliency
  • connecting more students to on-campus and in-community mental health resources 

Friendship Bench

  • more than 60 yellow benches installed in seven Canadian provinces
  • 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 website address, 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 

Benches in Halton

  • Notre Dame Secondary School, 2333 Headon Forest Drive, Burlington
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School, 5150 Upper Middle Road, Burlington
  • Aldershot School, 50 Fairwood Place West, Burlington
  • Holy Trinity High School, 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville
  • Sheridan College - Trafalgar Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville
  • St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Elementary School, 1359 Bayshire Drive, Oakville

Not specified

Areas Served Canada ; Ontario
Eligibility Members of Canadian secondary or post-secondary student councils, student services groups, school faculties or administrations

Visit the website for more information or to Request a Bench.

Languages English
Fees None

Site Information

Located In Community Oakville
Address & Map
Oakville, ON
Physical Access Not Applicable

Categories and Classification

HCSD Main Heading Disabilities ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Youth
HCSD Sub Heading Disability Associations ; Youth Mental Health Resources ; Youth Mental Health Services
Service Categories Health Related Advocacy Groups ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Suicide Prevention Programs ~ Adolescents ; Suicide Prevention Programs ~ Young Adults