Statement from UMSU

January 9, 2024

UMSU was saddened to learn about the death of Afolabi Stephen Opaso, an international student that was fatally shot while experiencing a mental health crisis. We would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, and community during this difficult time.

UMSU is dedicated to fostering an environment where international students feel safe as they often face the challenge of adapting to unfamiliar surroundings. Hence, prioritizing mental health is of utmost importance and we acknowledge the significance of mental health support, especially during this difficult time. In light of this, we want to highlight the various mental health resources available to all students on campus. The University of Manitoba offers confidential counselling services, support groups, and workshops designed to address various mental health challenges. UMSU also provides access to online resources, self-help materials, and information on mental health awareness. For access to all campus and online resources, please visit

Additionally, 211 Manitoba is a vital resource for those seeking support and guidance in navigating various social services and community programs. Whether you are looking for assistance with mental health support, newcomer services, or other essential needs, 211 Manitoba can connect you to government, health, and social service resources available across the province to help. By simply dialing 2-1-1, anyone can connect with a trained specialist who can offer information tailored to their specific needs. This is a free, confidential, 24/7 service that is available to everyone. For more information on this service, please visit

Remember, your mental health matters, and help is always available. We encourage all students to reach out if needed.