Mental Health Week 2018, March 12–16

Students, faculty, and staff, welcome to UPEI Mental Health Week 2018! The call for committee members went out in January and a resounding group of 30 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.

Complete Mental Health Week Schedule "at-a-glance"

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

Info Booth, Ball Pit & Build a Quilt (Monday–Friday: W. A. Murphy Student Centre (MSC) Concourse 10 am–3 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 and hop in the ball pit—you just might make a new friend.

Info Booth & Ask a Counsellor (Monday–Friday: Robertson Library Breezeway, and AVC Foyer)

Stop by for information, tips, resources, and ways you can participate in the week’s events. Plus...Have a question about UPEI's counselling services but not sure who to ask? Ask a counsellor! During Mental Health Week, there will be a box in both the AVC and Robertson Library at the MHW info booths. Submit your question using one of these boxes, and it will be answered by a counsellor. Your question and answer will be posted anonymously on the wall behind the MHW info booths in both buildings.

Zen Zone

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, March 12

Staff & Faculty Brown Bag Lunch: Meet The Counselling Team (12:00–1:00 pm, Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building)

Faculty and staff are invited to come and meet the counsellors on campus. This session provides you the opportunity to ask questions about counselling services, get to know the people who you are referring students to, find out what you can do to help students in need and ask any other questions you may have. Feel free to bring bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be kindly provided by Student Affairs.

Art & Bullet Journalling (12:30–1:20 pm, AVC Lecture Theatre A)

In this workshop we will introduce you to Bullet Journalling (a planning system) and art journalling 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!

How to Help a Friend (6:00–7:00 pm, Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building)

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

Movie Talks (7:00–8:15 pm, Robertson Library)

Robertson Library Movie Talks presents: My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It. Join us for this entertaining but enlightening film on the symptoms, emotions, and side effects of depression. It will help you to understand someone suffering from depression a little bit better and those who suffer from depression will not feel so alone. A discussion/Q & A period will follow the film. Free popcorn. 


Tuesday, March 13

MHW’s Keynote Address with Wil Gunning (11:30–12:30pm, McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Wil Gunning is the captain of a fishing enterprise, a local entrepreneur of two companies, a mentor for young adults, and a keynote speaker who travels throughout Canada sharing stories of his experience in the foster care system. Wil speaks about why he went into care and the life experiences which has shaped him into the person he is today. He will share how he navigated his childhood and the importance of building relationships with others and oneself. Light snacks and refreshments kindly provided by UPEI’s Healthy Campus Committee.

Q&A with Wil Gunning (12:30–1:30 pm, Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building)

This informal session will provide the opportunity to come chat with Wil and explore his story further.

Karma Yoga (12:10–12:55 pm, UPEI 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 which 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: Fee for this class is a donation to the UPEI food bank—$5 or food donation.

Jack Talk (1:00–2:00 pm, Memorial Hall 308)

Grace Wedlake and Amy Rix are co-leads of Jack.org UPEI and will be sharing a Jack Talk on their own mental health journeys and how they supported one another along the way. Snacks provided by the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning, Government of Prince Edward Island.

Art & Bullet Journalling (4:00–5:00 pm, PIT, Robertson Library) 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!

Coffee With a Stranger (6:00–7:00 pm, Campus Life Lounge, W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Come meet Mary-Kate Pond, a young professional who recently graduated with her MBA and is now working as the Client Relations Manager with ScotiaBank in Charlottetown. During her six years of undergraduate and graduate studies she did not have an easy journey as she struggled with anxiety. By her second year she new she needed help, and with supports in place, things started to turn around and she ended up graduating and receiving the honour of being named Valedictorian. Come listen and chat with Mary-Kate as she shares her lessons learned that have helped her navigate both her school and now her work life. Snacks kindly provided by the Robertson Library. 


Wednesday, March 14

UPEI's Pow Wow (10:00 am–2:00 pm, McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

The UPEI Mawi'omi Aboriginal Student Centre once again will host their annual Pow Wow on Campus, featuring a Grand Entry at 10 am, followed by a mini Pow Wow with drumming, dancing, and cultural presentations. All are welcome!

Smudge Introduction and Ceremony (11:30 am–12:30 pm, UPEI Chaplaincy Centre)

Mi'kmaq Elder Junior Peter-Paul 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.

Beyond Accommodations. Presentation by Frederic Fovet (1:00–2:00 pm, Robertson Library 208)

Join Dr. Fovet as he explores the use of Universal Design Learning (UDL) as a lens when designing instruction and evaluation methods that do not exacerbate mental health issues. Coffee and sweets kindly provided by the Office of the CIO.

Cyber Wellness (4:00–5:00 pm, Don and Marion McDougall Hall 242)

Social media is inescapable, so let’s learn to use it well! Join Tayte Willows of the Canadian Mental Health Association to talk about cyber wellness and how to take control of your mental health online. Snacks provided by UPEI Marketing and Communications.

Jack Talk (6:00–7:00 pm, AVC Lecture Theatre A) Repeat Session

Grace Wedlake and Amy Rix are co-leads of Jack.org UPEI and will be sharing a Jack Talk on their own mental health journeys and how they supported one another along the way. Snacks kindly provided by Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning, Government of Prince Edward Island.

Mental Health Trivia Night (9:00–10:30 pm, The Wave, W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Come out to your campus pub, The Wave, and enjoy some mental health based trivia! Questions are a mix from pop culture to clinically based. It's going to be a great time! 


Thursday, March 15

Building Bridges—Collaborating at Work. Presented by Morneau Shepell (12:00–1:00 pm Memorial Hall 308)

Having to work with others is a common requirement in the workplace. When collaboration successfully occurs, you feel positive, productive and willing to face any challenge. This session will build on the notion that cooperation and building bridges can be learned and should be practiced. It will teach participants the key elements of teamwork and provide them with the opportunity to practice collaboration-building techniques.

In addition, a staff member will also speak about her personal experience using the Morneau Shepell's Employee and Family Assistance Program, and its benefits. Light refreshments kindly provided by UPEI's Office of Experiential Education and Work Integrated Learning.

Dear Inspiring Self: How to Write a Self-Reflective Narrative (1:30–2:30 pm, Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building 201)

Join Dr. Wendy Shilton and Adrienne Montgomery Murchison and 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 have the opportunity to 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 (coffee/tea/sweet treats) kindly provided by the Office of the Registrar.

Therapy Dog Visit (2:00–3:00 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.

Glow Flow Yoga (6:00–7:00 pm, Fitness Studio #1, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre)

Are you ready for a mind-glowing event? Enjoy a flow yoga session with a twist. It's a fun, upbeat, glow in the dark class featuring different variations of sun salutations and invigorating poses encompassing whole body and core. All levels are encouraged to attend. Be sure to wear light or neon colours for an even better experience! Cynthia Dennis, certified yoga instructor will lead you through class. Yoga mats provided.

Personal Story & Performance by Problematic (8:00–9:00 pm, The Wave, W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

He goes by the name of Problematic, also known as Greg Macdonald, an Alternative Hip Hop artist with a unique storytelling twist. Greg’s life has not been an easy one. As a child, he experienced pain and adversity as a result of abuse, and later lost his best friend tragically in a fire. Trying to work through his pain and depression he turned to music where the creation and act of writing became his greatest outlet. Greg’s music, influenced by a wide variety of artists from Nickleback to Eminem and 2pac, is becoming increasingly popular and he is getting ready to release his debut album. Come hear his story, and listen to a few of his tracks -— you don’t want to miss this one! All ages are welcome, admission is free and snacks will be kindly donated by the International Relations Office. Check out this video for a sneak preview!   


Friday, March 16

Dodgeball Fun (11:30 am–1:30 pm, Gym B, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre)

Dodgeball is a game in which players try to hit other players on the opposing team with balls while avoiding being hit themselves. Teamwork and strategy are more valuable factions in dodgeball than athletic skill and competitiveness. Anyone can play! Dodgeball promotes maximum social enjoyment.  Friday, March 16

Glow Flow Yoga (12:05–12:50 pm, Fitness Studio #1, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre) Repeat Session

Are you ready for a mind-glowing event? Enjoy a flow yoga session with a twist. It's a fun, upbeat, glow in the dark class featuring different variations of sun salutations and invigorating poses encompassing whole body and core. All levels are encouraged to attend. Be sure to wear light or neon colours for an even better experience! Cynthia Dennis, certified yoga instructor will lead you through class. Yoga mats provided.

Therapy Dog Visit (1:00–2:00 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.

Let’s Listen (2:30–4:30 pm, The Wave, W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

The event will feature a safe-listening and non-judgemental environment where various students, faculty, and staff 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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