PostSecret and the Pandemic: Struggles, Successes, & Strategies

Frank Warren is the sole founder of the PostSecret Project, a growing collection of over a million artful secrets, mailed anonymously to him on postcards. Known as ‘the most trusted stranger in the world’, Frank’s all new interactive presentation reveals our true feelings about how the pandemic has disrupted our lives, while providing evidence-based tools to aid young people and adults as they navigate through this challenging, but temporary crisis.

Community building, reducing stigma, and asking for help are all discussed in response to the rise in anxiety, loneliness, depression and grief.

67% of young people talk with a friend about mental illness before a parent, teacher or professional. One objective of this presentation is to give students the confidence and knowledge to know how to respond when a friend trusts them with their mental health secret.

In addition to sharing the most extraordinary secrets and inspiring PostSecret stories, you will also learn from new pandemic related postcards that Frank has received recently. We are all experiencing the pandemic differently, but we are all going through it together.

Presented in partnership with the UBC Okanagan School of Social Work.

Recorded January 28, 2021.

Resources and Support

UBC Vancouver Wellness Centre

UBC Okanagan Health and Wellness

UBC Human Resources Mental Health

CMHA Kelowna

CMHA Vancouver Fraser

Kelty Mental Health 855


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Wellness Together Canada

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