It was his senior year at Burlington’s Corpus Christi High School. As a grade 12 student, Mike Pierre liked doing all the things that teenagers do. He loved cars, history, playing hockey and joking with friends.
On November 24, 2017, he took a university campus tour, worked a few hours at his part-time job and got together with friends. The night before he went to the school dance. Anyone observing him would see a healthy kid heading to adulthood. On November 25th, Mike took his own life.
Mental health education is just as important as physical health education. Yet today, mental health instruction is inconsistent across schools in Canada and the United States. That’s why the Pierre family and I are asking for your help to encourage all provincial and territorial governments to make mental health education a priority in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools.