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Eric Windeler on Youth and Mental Health

January 26, 2021

The second leading cause of death for teens and young adults is suicide. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen an increase in depression and anxiety among young people. What are we to do about it? Eric Windeler, Founder and Executive Director of Jack.org, joins Dr. Tim Gray on the Augustine Institute Show. After their son committed suicide at 18-years-old, Eric and his wife, Sandra, were devastated. In grieving, Eric and Sandra were motivated to begin an initiative to raise awareness about the mental health pandemic. Jack.org and Bethere.org aims to mobilize young people to revolutionize mental health.

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Eric Windeler

Eric started Jack.org with his wife Sandra Hanington and their closest friends in May 2010 after losing their son Jack to suicide. Since then, Eric has put aside his business interests and leads Jack.org full-time. Eric works tirelessly to inspire discussion about mental health, especially among young people. In 2013, Eric received the Champion of Mental Health award from CAMIHI and the QE Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, Eric was honoured by Queen's University, receiving an honorary degree (LLD) recognizing his work in the field of mental health. In 2017, Eric and Sandra Hanington received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from the office of the Governor General. Most recently, Eric was selected as one of the 150 CAMH Difference Makers for mental health in Canada. Eric is also recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Alumni Humanitarian of the Year Award and the 2020 Ontario Psychiatric Association's Mental Health Advocate of the Year Award. Eric sits on the board of FRAYME, a global youth mental health best practices non-profit.

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