November 19, 2012
Mental Health Awareness Week
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five people in Canada will be affected by a mental health challenge in any given year. 1 in 5 Mental Health Awareness Week is an initiative developed by students and staff at U of G to promote mental wellness and create dialogue about mental health. It also aims to provide students with information and resources to support their mental health.
As part of this campaign, free T-shirts will be distributed throughout the week at Raithby House to be worn on Nov. 22 in support of this initiative.
"Standup for Mental Heath" will be performing on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in Peter Clark Hall. A standup comedy troupe made up of individuals who have all faced mental health challenges will share the humorous side of their stories of recovery.
A stress management workshop will be hosted by Kathy Somers from the High Performance Clinic on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in the University Centre, Room 442. The workshop educates students about how they can manage their stress through behaviour, healthy eating and small lifestyle changes. The workshop also teaches students how to use biofeedback to evaluate their health.
“Stretch Your Mind” yoga, which will be held on Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Peter Clark Hall, gives students a chance to revive their minds and bodies. This form of exercise increases overall well-being and provides an outlet for stress, which is vital, especially during the exam period.
The “Let’s Talk Mental Health” panel will be held Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Alexander Hall, Room 200. University of Guelph students who have faced mental health challenges will share their personal stories. A discussion will follow in which all attendees can participate.
ALERT Training will be led by Bruno Mancini, director of Counselling and Disability Services, on Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Centre, Room 335. This training session will provide information and tools to identify and assist someone who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis.
For more information or to order a free T-shirt, contact Melanie Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.