Are you, or do you know an amazing BC youth who will be entering their first year of higher education and has faced mental health or substance use issues?
Apply for the Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary!
2 awards available, $750 each
Deadline to apply: May 31, 2017
Learn more about the bursary and eligibility requirements here.
The Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary honours the legacy of Janice Lee, an 18-year-old who struggled with depression and anxiety for six years and took her own life in 2006. The following year, Blue Wave was created by her family to help break the silence around mental illness in teens and to provide support earlier.
The vision of the Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary program is to invest in the resilience, wisdom and potential of young people and to reduce some of the barriers during the major transition from high school to higher education.
Letter from a 2016 bursary applicant
“I know you are tired of hearing all types of people give you advice on how to “work through” your anxiety and depression. You may feel like no one understands what you are going through, but there are people who do. If you can relate please also understand that there is a way back but it requires you to dig deep, to reach out for help and to keep reaching until someone listens.
Depression shows itself in so many different ways so do not let someone talk you into believing you are “just sad” or “hormonal,” be persistent and get the help that you know you need.
I remember when I finally felt the correct medication start to kick in I felt less foggy, less angry and more hopeful. You can feel this way again too but it starts with the first scary step of going to the doctor and admitting there is a problem.
I found that decreasing my stress level, getting the correct amount of sleep, exercising regularly and eating properly has allowed me to manage my stress which in turn helps with my mental health issues and ultimately gives me a sense of hopefulness.
My hope for you is that you find this balance too!”
While financial supports for higher education are in great need for many students, bursary and scholarship opportunities can be difficult to become aware of. You can play a part in having these funds reach the youth who can benefit the most.
Ways to get involved:
Sample post: Applications for the Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary of $750 now open until May 31. Apply today!
Put up posters around your school, office or community space.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for posters or online promotional materials.
Did reading the bursary description remind you of someone you know? Share the bursary opportunity with that person!