Tributes are offered by families, alumni associations or community groups instrumental in the fundraising and organizational efforts required to launch a Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench mental health awareness program on a school’s campus.   This page will continue to feature those tributes as our efforts expand across the country.

“We recognize those who have lost their battle with depression and look to their stars for the inspiration and courage to reach out and support those who are still suffering.” – Sam Fiorella, Co-founder | The Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench

Click on the “read more” button to learn about each student for whom successful fundraising campaigns and/or donations were made in order to supply a secondary or post-secondary school with a Friendship Bench and #yellowisforhello mental health awareness campaign.

Interested in a creating a tribute for someone? Please contact us. 

Lucas Fiorella, Carleton University

Lucas Fiorella, Carleton University

April 21, 1995 – October 12, 2014

OCdt Harrison Kelertas

OCdt Harrison Kelertas


Read Harrison’s tribute
Tyler Mitchell Santing, Niagara College

Tyler Mitchell Santing, Niagara College

Aug 1, 1992 - March 17, 2014

Ronen Fleischmann, Northern Secondary School

Ronen Fleischmann, Northern Secondary School

January 20, 2000 – October 3, 2015

Need Help?

If you need help immediately, visit your local emergency department or call 911.

If your school has a bench installed, you can find the Local Resources to help you here, where we can provide on-campus support services.

If you need help and you’re unsure where to start, the Provincial Resources listed on this site can help - click here to learn more.

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