Roni Sue Cross
Student Support Advisor | Cambrian College
Sudbury, ON, CA
Roni Sue works to de-stigmatize mental illness and advises students in need. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer.
Roni Sue Cross works as student advisor, assisting students with career, academic and personal needs.
She is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and is also certified to conduct career assessments and facilitates a variety of employment and career-related workshops. She is also certified to conduct True Colors personality assessment workshops.
Cross is available to speak with members of the media about student needs, services for students available on campus, and mental health and wellness issues.
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Cambrian College: High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates, Banking 1987
Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne: B.A. , Law and Justice 2010
Cambrian College: Graduate Certificate, Learning Disability Specialist (LDED) 2014
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Cambrian College promotes mental health awareness this week on campus
Staff at Sudbury's Cambrian College say there are actively trying to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.
The school plans to discuss mental health issues as part of Bell Let's Talk Day on Wednesday.
The college is training faculty and students about how to spot symptoms of mental health issues.
A student support advisor at Cambrian said staff at the school now feel more equipped to help students who may need support.
Cambrian College was certified two years ago to teach mental health first aid to faculty and students.
"We're noticing how comfortable even professors are … you know, picking up the phone and calling us to say that they're dealing with someone, [and saying] 'What do I do?'," Roni Sue Brown said.
"I think by giving this education to them ... it's giving them some comfort in knowing what to say."
The school has been certified to teach mental health first aid since November 2013, Brown said, adding that 479 personal appointments were made last year from April 2014 to May 2015. That's a 35% increase from the year before.
More students are reaching out for help when times get tough, Brown said.
"It's making students more comfortable to say, 'hey! I'm struggling right now. I need help, I don't know where to get that help'," Brown said.
Cambrian student support advisers offer mental health help
Staff and students at Cambrian College were handing out popcorn as food for thought yesterday.
They were raising awareness about mental health in conjunction with Bell Let's Talk Day.
Last year, Bell provided just $11,000 to Cambrian to train four staff members in mental health first aid.
Student support adviser Roni Sue Brown said they're qualified to detect signs of mental distress and offer assistance.
Cambrian College students invited to talk about mental health
Yesterday was a national day to talk about the stigma surrounding mental illness. The scent of popcorn was used at Cambrian College to get students to stop for a moment and talk about the issue. The CBC's Kate Rutherford was there to gather some sound.
Job-seeking students invited to Cambrian career fair
Northen Life online
Cambrian College is holding a career and job fair in its gymnasium Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year, employer demand for qualified applicants is so high that the event sold out early, and recruiters are now on a waiting list, according to a press release.
Some employers send recruiters from across Canada to meet with Cambrian students.
ACCENT: It's rough trying to find work in a recession
The Sudbury Star online
Growing up, it's easy to think jobs are like wrinkles: they come along with the responsibilities of being an adult. But in Sudbury lately, "layoffs" seem to be the latest trend in the job market.
With so many layoffs, are companies still hiring? And if so, how hard is it to get a job?
Roughly four to nine jobs are posted on Service Canada's jobbank. gc.cawebsite every day, and many of those jobs don't have strict educational or experience requirements.
Cambrian joins national conversation on mental illness
Northern Life online
“With one in five people experiencing some form of mental illness in their lifetime and recognizing the added stress that college adds to our students’ lives, Cambrian College proactively promotes mental health supports for our student body,” said Roni Brown, student support adviser in the Glenn Crombie Centre for Student Support.
“Not only are we active participants in education and awareness campaigns such as Bell Let’s Talk Day, we also have a group of highly trained mental health first aid instructors on staff at the college.”
Mental health awareness at Cambrian College
CTV Northern Ontario tv
Roni Sue Brown was interviewed by CTV Northern Ontario for Bell Let's Talk Day.