The journey to better health care begins in the classroom. Sheridan's campuses foster our students' mental, physical and social well-being.

The Pardesi Project

In March 2021, Sheridan, SOCH and the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH), premiered five short focused on the mental health of international students from the South Asian community. The first-of-its-kind collaboration debuted at a time when isolation, disruption and change were bringing to the fore increased concerns around mental health.

Pardesi Project collaborators included:

  • SOCH Mental Health
  • Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH)
  • Sheridan's Wellness & Counselling teams

Janet Morrison, President and Vice-Chancellor

“Bringing community together to talk about an often stigmatized topic like mental health is crucial to motivate change. I’m so proud of the partnership that inspired The Pardesi Project to ensure the needs of our South Asian community are being addressed.”

Leah State, Manager of Wellness and Counselling

"Mental health challenges are of heightened concern for international students as they may face isolation living away from family and friends, language barriers, culture shock and uncertainty navigating new health systems. The Pardesi Project tackles these challenging topics through storytelling.”

Erasing stigma around mental health

Alumna Aanchal Vashistha (Digital Communication '13) emerged from a personal tragedy to launch an organization that helps those facing mental health challenges by providing them with the supports they need.

Helping others feel less alone

The Sheridan community extends beyond our three campuses. Over the past year, two of our Social Service Worker- Gerontology students have been sending love to long-term care residents in the form of hand-written letters and encouraging notes.

Valentine’s Day and Sunshine Rays How Sheridan student Amy Saccomano is sending love to long-term care residents

Sending letters of encouragement and hope Krishna Joseph spent her practicum writing letters to isolated older adults.

Building physical strength and mental fortitude

Whether you're just getting started at the gym, or training for the Olympics, Sheridan students and alumni have the enthusiasm and skill to help build healthy lifestyles.

Sheridan kinesiology students spent their field placements teaching health and wellness skills to Home Suite Hope clients as part of a new partnership between Sheridan and the Oakville-based charity.

Surinder Budwall (Sports injury Management '03) has had opportunity to be at four Olympic games as an athletic therapist, including the recent Tokyo Olympics. In a first-person account, he traces his brilliant career to his aspirations as a student at Sheridan.

For more health care success stories involving the Sheridan community, visit Sheridan's Newsroom.