Mental Health Week 2017, March 1–3

Students, faculty, and staff, welcome to UPEI Mental Health Week 2017! The call for committee members went out in January and a resounding group of 33 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.

"At-a-glance" Mental Health Week Schedule

Every day, be sure to check out the three following Mental Health Week features:

1. Info Booth
Wednesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, W. A Murphy Student Centre (MSC) Concourse
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.

2. 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 Wednesday 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 or take part in any of our planned events (see schedule below).

3. Social Media
From Wednesday, March 1 - Friday, March 3, join the conversation online and follow UPEI on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we celebrate mental health and the relationships that matter in our lives. Be sure to use the hashtag #upeimentalhealth. 

Pre- and post-events

Tuesday, February 28 

Connecting Aboriginal Cultures 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, McMillan Hall, MSC
The UPEI Mawi'omi Centre once again will host their annual Connecting Aboriginal Cultures event, featuring  a Grand Entry and mini Pow Wow with drumming, dancing, and cultural presentations. All are welcome!

Coffee with a Stranger & Movie Night, hosted by Student Affairs!
6:30 -7:30 pm discussion; 8:00 - 10:00 pm movie, Campus Life Lounge, Student Affairs, second floor, MSC
Join us in the Campus Life Lounge for our Coffee With A Stranger event with guests Amalia, UPEI alumnus, who will share her inspirational battle with mental illness, and a representative from the Canadian Mental Health Association who will discuss mental health resources in the community. Also, stick around afterward for snacks and a viewing of the film "The Hanging Garden", with a discussion to follow. 

Saturday, March 4

Student Mental Health Conference, for students by students
(More details to follow) 

AVC Extra Events!

Check out what's happening at the AVC! All week, stop by and check out the Vet Confessions Board in the AVC lobby.

Monday, February 27

Lunch Lecture: Dr. Shaw on Resilience (12:30 - 1:30 pm)

Tuesday, February 28

AVC Wellness Committee Winter Funk Lunch Lecture (12:30 - 1:30 pm)

Wednesday, March 1

Blast from Vet School Past Roundtable Lunch Lecture, 287N (9:30 am)

Health Grab N' Go (12:30 - 1:30 pm)

Thursday, March 2

Stop by the Vet Confessions Board for David's Tea and Coffee

Friday, March 3

AVC Wellness Committee: Study Strategies Lunch Lecture (12:30 - 1:30 pm)

Sunday, March 5 

Free AVC Yoga at Moksha Studio 

Wednesday, March 1

ZenZone Grand Opening
10:00 am - 11:00 am, ZenZone, MSC Day Lounge
Come grab a self-care kit and get the first look at what the Zen Zone has to offer.

MHW Kick-Off with Anastasia Smallwood
11:30 am - 12:30 pm McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
The UPEI community is invited to come celebrate with us as we kick off the 2017 UPEI Mental Health Week and feature our guest speaker, former UPEI Student Union President, Anastasia Smallwood. “Growing up I didn't talk about mental health- it wasn't at home or in school, but mental illness was still there. As any relationship does, it has taken time to come to terms with my mental illness, Trichotillomania. Accepting the good, the ugly and myself through self-acceptance and relying on others.”
Come be a part of our celebrations, support one another and be reminded of the relationships that matter to you. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Dr. Heather Keizer - Dealing with Difficult People
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Schurman Market, Don and Marion McDougall Hall
Come join us for a session with PEI’s Chief Mental Health Officer as she offers suggestions on tricks to setting boundaries and being heard.

The 'Write' Way To Calm - Zen Zone
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, MSC Day Lounge
Drop in for a workshop on the benefits of daily journaling with Grace Wedlake and Fallon Mawhinney of the UPEI Writing Centre.

Dexter Nyuurnibe - The Art of Loving Yourself: Finding Strength in Vulnerability
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm, McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
In a time where technology hides the battles we fear to share, we must relearn that our greatest strength is being vulnerable with ourselves and others. Come join us as for a thought provoking, heartfelt evening as we listen to this engaging, motivational young speaker as he shares with us lessons learned from his own personal journey. Dexter is a noted public speaker and mental health advocate in Canada. He believes that our individual stories are what serve to strengthen us, and as such was one of this year's Bell Let's Talk spokespeople. He is also a former Tedx speaker, he presented at a joint session of the World Bank and WHO just last year, and was chosen as one of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health’s 2016 Faces of Mental Illness. Dexter is a contributor to U.S. based online health blog “The Mighty” and also sits on the board of the Ottawa based non-profit, Voice Found. He loves people, is OBSESSED with pugs and is an avid eater of poutine!

Mental Health Trivia Night 
9:00 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 of pop culture and clinically based. It's going to be a great time! 

Thursday, March 2

The 'Write' Way To Calm: A Follow Up - Zen Zone
9:00 am - 10:00 am, MSC Day Lounge
Continue journaling and practicing with Grace Wedlake and Fallow Mawhinney of the UPEI Writing Centre.

Therapy Dogs
11:30 am - 1:30 pm, MSC Concourse
Join us for a ‘pawfect’ visit with some loving canines. Volunteer therapy dogs and their owners will be here from St. John Ambulance. Come say hi and pet some furry friends!

EFAP Seminar: Understanding Depressive Illness
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building
Individuals suffering from depression often feel distant from friends and loved ones and can find it difficult to perform to their maximum productivity in the workplace. They can often have high rates of absenteeism or be unfocused. This situation is exacerbated by the stigma that still exists around depression and the reluctance to discuss it openly at home or at work. The facilitator will encourage participants to shatter popular myths and misconceptions about depression and to increase their understanding of the causes, triggers, and symptoms of depressive illness. This seminar will also explore ways in which depression can be successfully treated.
SIGN UP: Space is limited so please pre-register by contacting Glenda Burgoyne by email at or telephone 902-566-0605, no later than March 1st. Refreshments/cookies compliments of Human Resources, but feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch as well. Release-time from your department is generally needed to participate.

SoundEscape: Winter Stillness Sound Meditation
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Fitness Studio 1, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre
Winter is a natural period of dormancy, a time for quiet reflection and conservation of energy. Take time for yourself to embrace the quiet heart of this season with this relaxing sound meditation as wooden flutes, crystal bowls, and shamanic drums take us on an inner journey through the stillness of winter. No experience required, all welcome! Feel free to bring your own pillows, comfortable clothing, etc. Whatever makes you feel most comfortable. We have soft mats for you to lie/sit on.

Grounding, Meditation, and Mindfulness: A Naturopathic Approach to Stress Management
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building
Join Dr. Cassandra Goodwin in this informative and interactive session as she explores the importance of selfcare and managing daily stress through the art of being aware. Refreshments will be served.

Glow Yoga
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Bill and Denise Andrew Hall, Room 142
Glow Yoga is flow yoga in the dark with glow sticks lighting the room. Flow Yoga is a dynamic, constantly moving class where movements are linked with breath. Join Rebecca Gass, Certified Yoga Instructor, for 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. Participants are asked to bring their own mat, water, and wear comfortable clothing.

A Night of Songs and Stories - Featuring Brian J. Dunn with Jon Matthews
7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm, Duffy Amphitheatre, Duffy Science Centre. Free admission
Brian J. Dunn is a singer-songwriter from North Wiltshire, Prince Edward Island. His debut album Death Do Us Part, which was nominated for several Music PEI awards was released in 2014. Since then, Brian has been playing sold-out shows and entertaining audiences across PEI with his unique blend of stories and heartfelt songs. “Brian can always be relied on to deliver a professional, honest, entertaining, and heartfelt performance. His stories, sense of humour and thoughtful song introductions resonate with audiences and leave them feeling connected to his music, mind and heart. Brian’s excellent musicianship, great voice, superb songwriting and likability have him gaining new fans every time he takes the stage. A good-natured, talented and authentic performer who always delivers.” - Melanie Taylor, Harmony House Theatre 

Friday, March 3

The 'Write' Way To Calm: A Follow Up - ZenZone
10:30 am - 11:30 am, MSC Day Lounge
Continue journaling and practicing with Grace Wedlake and Fallow Mawhinney of the UPEI Writing Centre.

Glow Yoga
12:05 pm - 12:50 pm, Fitness Studio #1, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre
Glow Yoga is flow yoga in the dark with glow sticks lighting the room. Flow Yoga is a dynamic, constantly moving class where movements are linked with breath. Join Cynthia Dennis, Certified Yoga Instructor, for 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. We will have mats available in the fitness studio.

Let’s Listen
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, The Wave, MSC
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 will be provided. All are welcome to attend!

Happy Hour Hustle
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Fitness Studio #1, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre
Join Bernadette Currie, certified fitness instructor for a fun choreographed dance and toning workout to kick off the weekend!!!

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