Two York U grad students receive Hilary M. Weston scholarships

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Province Supports Future Mental Health Leaders

Ontario is recognizing two graduate students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding efforts and commitment to the study of mental health.

Amber Reid, a masters student at York University and social justice advocate, will receive the award for her research on mental health and its relation to poverty, gender and criminalization as well as her focus on disability studies.

Edward Hon-Sing Wong, entering the Ph D Social Work program at York University, will receive the award for his research into the processes and discourses behind police interventions in the field of mental health. This includes studying how mental health workers and survivors experience and interpret police intervention.

These two remarkable students represent the kind of innovative thinking that we need to help us develop the best mental health treatment programs for Ontarians

Investing in students whose work will improve the lives of those living with mental health disorders is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up help everyone realize their full potential.

“These two remarkable students represent the kind of innovative thinking that we need to help us develop the best mental health treatment programs for Ontarians. Their dedication to mental health studies will have a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families who live with the effects of mental illness,” says Michael Chan, Ontario's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

The Ontario government created these scholarships in honour of Hilary M. Weston, the province's 26th Lieutenant Governor. Each year, two students who are enrolled in full-time graduate programs at a publicly funded Ontario university receive the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship, of $7,500 each to support their studies. Approximately 30 per cent of Ontarians will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse challenge at some point in their lifetime, with one in 40 Ontarians experiencing a serious mental illness. This year, Mental Health Week runs from May 2 – 8.