Mental Health Week 2019, January 28–February 1

Students, faculty, and staff, welcome to UPEI Mental Health Week 2019! The call for committee members went out in October and a resounding group of 35 creative and caring individuals came together from across campus to establish the working committee. We hope you enjoy the events we have organized this year and that you use every opportunity to come and celebrate together—relationships matter.

Every day, be sure to check out the following Mental Health Week feature activities:

Info Booth & Build a Quilt 
Monday–Friday: W. A. Murphy Student Centre (MSC) Concourse 10:00 am–3:00 pm

Drop by the Information Booth. Volunteers will be on hand to welcome you and pass along handouts and resources. While you’re there, take a minute to add a patch to the quilt to show the relationships that matter to you.

Info Booth & Counselling FAQs 
Monday–Friday: 10:00 am–3:00pm, Robertson Library Breezeway, Dalton Hall Foyer and AVC Foyer

Stop by for information, tips, resources and ways you can participate in the week’s events.

Zen Zone 
Monday–Friday: 10:00 am–3:00 pm, W. A. Murphy Student Centre Day Lounge

Relationships matter, and one of the most important relationships you will encounter in your lifetime is the one you have with yourself! The W.A. Murphy Student Centre (MSC) Day Lounge will be designated as the Zen Zone for Mental Health Week. This space will serve as an area for relaxation, reflection, and mindfulness. Open Monday to Friday from 10 am–3 pm, members of the campus community are invited to come into the Zen Zone and participate in quiet activities such as colouring, journaling, reading, and reflective thought. 


Monday, January 28

MHW Kick-Off!  “Open Up Wide. No, Wider. Cultivating Happiness Through Vulnerability” presented by Jeremie Saunders of the SickBoy Podcast 
12:00–1:00 pm, McMillan Hall

For a lot of us, the purpose of life is striving for happiness. But often times this is not possible without the support of others. In his keynote, Jeremie breaks down the importance of building community when striving for happiness and the vital role vulnerability plays in building the trust needed to strengthen the foundation of support we need as we strive to realize live our lives to the fullest. Drawing on his experience living with cystic fibrosis for over 31 years, Jeremie Saunders, co-presenter of the Sickboy podcast, brings real people with life-altering illnesses to a growing audience. In an unparalleled combination of what he calls “bro-science,” humour, and compassion, Saunders inspires us to move beyond euphemism and platitude to speak directly of the things that matter most. Light snacks and refreshments kindly provided by UPEI’s Healthy Campus Committee.

Dear Inspiring Self: How to Write a Self-Reflective Narrative 
2:00–3:00 pm, Dalton Hall 401

Learn about the importance of taking time for self-reflection, and the stages of writing a “reflective narrative” to help feel more grounded, focused, and connected to yourself and others. Participants will write an inspiring letter to themselves within this lighthearted and relaxed session: letters will be mailed out during the busy end-of-term and exam season for a message of positive reinforcement, and reminder to be mindful and kind to oneself during times of stress. Writing materials and refreshments provided by the Office of the Registrar.  

Yoga Stretch/Guided Meditation with Pam Harris 
4:305:15 pm, Andrew Hall 142

This class is a 45-minute class that offers gentle yoga stretches and muscle strengthening and toning through slow controlled movements. The meditation segment of the class creates more calm, inner peace and balance that benefits both your emotional wellbeing and overall health. This is a class for all fitness levels, and participants are asked to please bring their own yoga mat. 

How to Help a Friend 
6:00–7:00 pm, Dalton Hall, Campus Life Lounge, 5th Floor

This interactive session discusses effective ways of communicating and supporting a friend who is in need. The session will be lead by two UPEI students and a counsellor will be present to contribute to the session and offer support as needed. Light snacks kindly provided by Student Affairs. 


Tuesday, January 29

Happiness - A Journey or A Destination? Presented by Morneau Shepell 
12:001:00 pm, Robertson Library 208

An employee that is engaged and flourishing in the workplace is one that is engaged and flourishing in their personal life. Using reflections and observations on behaviour, this seminar will present ten tips for building the foundation for happiness. Participants will gain an understanding of the concept of happiness and discover attitudes that are more favourable to promoting a sense of happiness. They will also explore how negative aspects in life can contribute to their happiness. Light refreshments provided by the Department of Human Resources. 

Karma Yoga 
12:10–12:55 pm, Chaplaincy Centre

The Karma Yoga class is held every Tuesday from 12:10–12:55 pm at UPEI Chaplaincy Centre. This program provides a full body strength and flexibility workout that tones the body. Long stretches will melt away stress and create a feeling of deep relaxation. Please bring your own mat and/or towel and water. Fee for this class is a donation to the UPEI food bank—$5 or food donation.

Social Media’s Influence on Our Mental Health—Presented by CMHA-PEI 
2:30–3:30 pm, Fox & Crow

Social media is inescapable, so let’s learn to use it well! Join Tayte Willows of the Canadian Mental Health Association to talk about social media and how to take control of your mental health online. Pub snacks kindly provided by the UPEI Women’s Hockey Panthers.  


Wednesday, January 30

Bell Let’s Talk Day 
All Day, Canada-wide. Photo Booths at Robertson Library & W. A. Murphy Student Centre

Dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada, Bell Let’s Talkpromotes awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. Stop by the Mental Health Week Information Booths in the W. A. Murphy Student Centre and the Robertson Library to grab a toque, add to the Bell Let’s Talkwall, snap a picture, and join the conversation! 

Soup for the Soul 
11:30 am1:00 pm, Chaplaincy Centre

Soup for the Soul began in 2015 as a way to offer healthy food in a comfortable environment. And it continues four years later! Round tables are conducive to conversation with mellow music adding to the atmosphere. Drop by for a warm bowl of soup with a roll. Real butter tops it all off. Hosts are the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Research and UPEI Student Union.

Missing Home? Dealing with Homesickness & Culture Shock
12:30–1:30 pm, Student Experience Hub, Dalton Hall

Adjusting to a new school and a new country at the same time can be tough; everything can seem new and unfamiliar. What at first seemed like a new adventure may now make you feel unsure about your decision. However, you are not alone. Homesickness and Culture Shock are a natural part of the student life cycle. Join Marion Clorey from Student Affairs, and Richelle Greathouse, from the International Student Office, as they discuss strategies for dealing with this life transition, and how to identify when you might need to get some extra support. Coffee and cookies kindly provided by the International Student Office. 

Therapy Dog Visit 
12:30–1:30 pm, Robertson Library Breezeway

Take a “paws”in your day and stop by to meet a couple of special dogs and their owners. Therapeutic Paws of Canada, PEI Division, is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing animal resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through regular visits to hospitals, residences, schools, etc. Drop by and say hi.

Art & Bullet Journaling 
1:30–2:30 pm, Robertson Library, Room 312

In this workshop we will introduce you to Bullet Journaling (a planning system) and art journaling as two platforms for helping you stay on top of your priorities, including your mental health.  Bring any type/size notebook and a pen/pencil with you to the workshop so you can get started!

Mental Health 101 with Jack.org - Parents welcome 
6:007:00 pm, Fox & Crow

Kali Ross and Kelsey Gillan are two executives of the UPEI Jack.org Chapter. They will be delivering a Jack Talk focused on the basics of mental health, and tips on how to be there for yourself and others. 

Mental Health & Pop Culture Trivia Night 
9:00–10:30 pm, Fox & Crow, W.A. Murphy Student Centre

Come out to your campus pub, The Fox & Crow, and enjoy some mental health based trivia with a pop culture twist! Questions are a mix of pop culture and clinically based. It's going to be a great time, complete with snacks provided by the Department of Psychology! 


Thursday, January 31

Smudge Introduction and Ceremony 
11:00–11:45 am, Chaplaincy Centre

Mi'kmaq Elder Judy Clark will introduce and teach about the traditional spiritual practice of Smudging.  He will speak on the medicines used, the purpose and benefits of smudging.  All students, staff and faculty are welcome.

Mental Health 101 with Jack.org 
12:00–1:00 pm, SDU Main Building 310 – Repeat Session

Kali Ross and Kelsey Gillan are two executives of the UPEI Jack.org Chapter. They will be delivering a Jack Talk focused on the basics of mental health, and tips on how to be there for yourself and others. 

Faculty and Staff Session: Building Bridges: Talking to Students about Mental Health issues—a  conversation with Doctor of Psychology Faculty and Staff 
1:00–2:00 pm, AVC 286C N

This session is meant to engage UPEI faculty and staff in a conversation about how to address the mental health needs of students. The session will provide information about some of the more significant mental health problems that students tend to experience, such as feelings of anxiety and depression, and when these challenges become concerns that require greater attention. The session will also explore ways in which faculty and staff can engage students in discussion about their mental health struggles that are empowering and productive.  The relationship between faculty/staff and students of course matters, and, in itself, can serve as a positive factor to help students understand their struggles and get the help that they need. Please note, this event is for faculty and staff. Coffee and cookies kindly provided by the Office of the Registrar.   

Art & Bullet Journalling 
3:00–4:00 pm, Robertson Library 312 – Repeat Session

In this workshop we will introduce you to Bullet Journaling (a planning system) and art journaling as two platforms for helping you stay on top of your priorities, including your mental health. Bring any type/size notebook and a pen/pencil with you to the workshop so you can get started!

Out of the Blue Gala 
6:30–8:00 pm, Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall – Doors open at 6:30 pm

Our second annualOut of the Blue Galais taking place January 31, 2019. The Out of the Blue Gala is an event that is aimed at students to end the stigma around mental health. Through this event, our hope is to raise awareness, promote positive conversations and celebrate mental health. There will be a plated dinner provided by Chartwells, live performances, and positive conversations. We hope to see you there! Tickets are $10.25 for residence students, and $20.25 for non-residence students, and may be purchased with cash by visiting the Residence Services Office in Bill and Denise Andrew Hall. For more information, please contact Sarah Donald, sdonald@upei.ca


Friday, February 1

Therapy Dog Visit 
12:30–1:30 pm, W.A. Murphy Student Centre Concourse – Repeat Session

Take a “paws”in your day and stop by to meet a couple of special dogs and their owners. Therapeutic Paws of Canada, PEI Division, is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing animal resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through regular visits to hospitals, residences, schools, etc. Drop by and say hi.

Rooting for You 
Drop in between 12:001:30 pm, McMillan Hall

Having houseplants is a great form of self-care and encouragement. Stop by McMillan Hall in the Student Union building to paint a pot and plant a seed to add a touch of greenery to your living space.

Let’s Listen 
3:30–5:00 pm, Fox & Crow, W.A. Murphy Student Centre

The event will feature a safe-listening and non-judgemental environment where various students, staff and faculty members will share their stories and encounters with mental illness. These stories will provide us with an opportunity to learn, care, and be inspired to help ourselves and those around us living with mental illnesses, and remind us all, that relationships matter. Pub grub, kindly provided by the UPEI Student Union. All are welcome to attend! 

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