IN A ONE-MINUTE ANIMATED YOUTUBE VIDEO, a bunny named BonBon sits alone in its bed in a dim room, weakly illuminated by the glow of a cell phone. Rejection letters from various universities are pinned on BonBon’s bedroom wall, and on their phone is a message from a friend, who poses excitedly by a large UBC sign: “I got in!”
BonBon, feeling blah, scrolls down to other feeds. The first reports wildfires raging across the province—another downer. But the next, from Foundry—which offers wellness services to BC youth aged 12 to 24—makes BonBon pause. “Strong people seek support,” it declares.
It’s a deceptively simple message. But bundled into it is research illuminating how young people make decisions about whether or not to seek help with their mental health and life challenges. That research, still ongoing, is led by Dr. Shelly Ben-David, an Assistant Professor at UBC Okanagan’s School of Social Work.
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