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.
with concise counselling advice
for blocking uncomfortable noises
to grip and release to relax tense muscles
for shielding disturbing lights
MINT CHEWING GUM
to chew for focus and for refreshment
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The Mental Health Problem
In your school
15% - 25% of youth suffer from mental health problems.
22% of Canadian teens considered suicide this 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.
Human support is invaluable, and technological innovations are promising, but we take a back-to-basics approach with evidence-based tangible tools which can support someone 24/7, glitch free.
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 with our products.
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.
What's our story?
Tina Chan, Co-founder, CEO
MSc. Public Health & Health Systems 2018 at the University of Waterloo
I founded PASS in my last years of my undergraduate studies as a St. Paul's GreenHouse fellow and Health Studies student. After struggling during my early years of university with anxiety and depression, I eventually built coping skills needed for my final years. One hardship was lack of accessible tools and resources. I am currently a candidate for the MSc. in Public Health & Health Systems at UW.
Erik Van Ees, Co-founder, Sales & Marketing
Psychology & Business at the University of Waterloo
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. PASS products open the conversation to mental health and this, more than anything, is what's important to me. Beyond every kit is a conversation. Our kits improve an individuals' mental health, but they also work to break stigma and develop a new understanding of what mental health is.
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 in 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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Panic, Anxiety, & Stress Support Inc.
151 Charles St W.
Kitchener, ON N2G 1J7