“You just spiral.” University of British Columbia president Santa J. Ono was afraid to speak out about his mental illness; now he’s a champion for mental health on campus. Ono appeared on CBC Radio’s The Current.

I always remember how I felt. I always remember being in my bedroom in the dorm, feeling hopeless. I think it’s important for me to never forget that because there are thousands of those sorts of people.

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Image (top): Santa J. Ono, centre, and psychiatrist Shimi Kang, right, joined The Current’s host Matt Galloway at CBC in Vancouver. (Andrew Nguyen/CBC)