The Jack Project
(2011 – present)
The Jack Project is a mental health outreach initiative by the Kids Help Phone (in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada) aimed at youth ages 15-20. SERT has chosen to participate in this new initiative due to the increasingly evident need to address mental health issues on campus, as well as the relevence of the target demographic being similar to campus. For more information, please visit The Jack Project website.
(1999 – 2010)
As well as providing Advanced First Aid care to the University of Western Ontario, the Student Emergency Response Team values a commitment to providing education in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and aims to maximize the prevalence of first aid knowledge within the community. Due to this commitment, Project Aware was formed. Project Aware is a set of events dedicated to reaching out to both the Western and London communities to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared in an emergency and to teach some basic steps that one should take when faced with an emergency.
Like SERT, Project Aware has evolved over the years. In the springs of 1999 and 2000, Project Aware was coordinated for the students and staff at UWO, where approximately 500 people per year participated in learning CPR. In the years 2001, 2002, and 2003, Project Aware collaborated with local Secondary Schools from the Thames Valley District School Board, providing the high school students a chance to participate in doing CPR as well as learning about breathing and airway emergencies.
In recent years, the legislation requiring designated workplace first aiders, as well as first aid and CPR becoming a standard requirement for many jobs and training programs, the need for mass infromal CPR training has decreased. As a result, in 2010/2011 SERT’s Project Aware initiative officaially came to completion.