The Stress & Stigma Problem


In your school

15% - 25% of youth suffer from mental health problems in school.

22% of Canadian teens considered suicide this past year.


In your workplace

27% of Canadian workers reported days to be 'quite a bit' or 'extremely' stressful.

39% of Ontario workers would not tell their managers of a mental health problem.


In your community

Only 49% of Canadians would socialize with a friend with a serious mental illness.

2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment & rejection.

Our Mission


Accessible Solutions

Human support is invaluable, and technological innovations are great, but we take a back-to-basics approach with tangible tools which can support someone 24/7, glitch free.


Decrease Stigma

Mental health stigma often means mental health discrimination. We aim to educate and inform to dispel myths about people living with mental health problems, to allow for better recovery and quality of life.


Make the conversation visible

The first aid kit is always there to emphasize the urgency to treat trauma. PASS wants to do the same for mental health. We aim to bring awareness to mental health symptoms and urgency to its management.


What is a PASS Kit?

PASS (Panic, Anxiety, & Stress Support) has developed the PASS kit, a self care tool for communities to manage daily stressors and stimulate the mental health discussion.

"The mental health first aid kit."

"The mental health first aid kit."



with concise counselling advice


for blocking uncomfortable noises


to grip and release to relax tense muscles


for shielding disturbing lights


to chew for focus and for refreshment 


How can you get involved?

At PASS, we believe that the mental health dialogue should be barrier-free. Everyone should feel comfortable and safe discussing their own mental health. Start the dialogue, listen to others, and share your story using #mypass on social media. PASS kit wants to help the bad times pass - together. We look forward to hearing from you and helping those fighting the stigma of mental health.,
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Tina Chan, Co-founder, CEO

Health Studies at the University of Waterloo

I founded PASS in my last years of my undergraduate studies as a St. Paul's GreenHouse fellow. I struggled during my early years of university while combating anxiety and depression and wanted to do something about it. It didn't sit well with me that the discussion around mental health in schools and workplaces was so different from the openness of the dialogue around physical health., @erikvan33s, @erikvan33s

Erik Van Ees, Co-founder, Sales & Marketing

Psychology & Business at the University of Waterloo

Why PASS? Because it means a lot more than a kit.

Mental Health is still something we work on everyday to help others understand. There is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding mental health, a lot of stigma, and it's difficult to change what people believe if you're not even talking about it. That's why our kit opens the conversation to mental health and this, more than anything, is what's important to me. Beyond every kit is a conversation. When a college purchases a thousand kits for their campus that's 1000 conversations, and that is how you improve a campus' mental health on a large scale. Our kits improve an individuals' mental health, but they also work to break stigma and develop a new understanding of what mental health is. That's why we approach mental health differently, with something tangible, visual, practical, and easy to understand. 


Melanie Warren, Content Curation

Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto

Hello, I'm Melanie Warren.  I proofread the flashcards in the original PASS kit and managed social media for fall 2015.  Currently, I'm doing research to strengthen the evidence base for the flashcards and generate ideas for new ones.  My input to the PASS kit team was and continues to be grounded in my psych and social work education, social justice perspective, and lived experience with mental illness.  I am a recent graduate of UofT's MSW program.



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