Mental Health Week, March 7-11

Relationships Matter

UPEI will be celebrating its fourth annual Mental Health Week from March 7-11. The 2016 theme is: Relationships Matter. The call for committee members went out in November and a resounding group of 33 creative and caring individuals came together to establish the working committee including students, staff, and faculty members from across campus.

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:

Info Booth 
W. A. Murphy Student Centre Concourse
Monday, 12 noon - 3:00 pm; Tuesday to Friday, 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 and hop in the ball pit - you just might make a new friend.

Zen Zone
W. A. Murphy Student Centre Day Lounge
Monday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm; Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 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. Members of the campus community are invited to come into the Zen Zone and participate in quiet activities such as colouring, journaling, reading, or reflective thought or take part in any of our planned events. The events schedule is as follows:

Monday - Grand opening with self-care kits to give away (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
Tuesday - "Reflection Matters: The Benefits of Daily Journaling" with Grace Wedlake of UPEI and the UPEI Writing Centre (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
Wednesday - "Embrace Yourself: Self-Care and Self-Compassion as Coping Skills" with Dianne Birt (12 noon -1:00 pm)
Thursday - Art Session by Lyndsey Paynter Fine Art (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
Friday - 30-minute guided meditations with Marian Curran (12 noon - 12:45 pm)

Social Media

From Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11, 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. 

Monday, March 7

MHW Kick-Off with Lewis Page
McMillan Hall, W. A. Murphy Student Centre
3:00 - 4:00 pm

The UPEI community is invited to come celebrate with us as we kick off the 2016 UPEI Mental Health Week. We'll announce new student scholarships and feature our guest speaker, men’s soccer coach, Lewis Page. Encouraged by the overwhelming positive support after sharing his story with the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, Lewis will continue to share his story with us, focusing on the relationships that have mattered most in his life. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Walk and Talk
Confederation Trail and Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre
4:00 pm

Join us for a winter walk on the Confederation Trail after our kick-off event. Cookies and hot chocolate to follow at the upper level of the Sports Centre.

How to Help a Friend
Student Affairs' Campus Life Lounge, W. A. Murphy Student Centre (2nd floor)
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Have you ever worried about a friend and wondered how you could be of help to them? Peers, friends, and social networks are an essential part of mental wellbeing. Mental Health Week 2016 is offering a fun and interactive session to expand your skills inventory for supporting your friends. Refreshments and snacks for those attending will be provided by PASS.

Tuesday, March 8

Chaplaincy Centre
12:05 - 12:50 pm

Bring along your mat and water bottle and join Lyndsey Paynter for a relaxing hour of yoga. This session 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.

Blast from Vet School Past: Infallible wisdom from those who have survived it
Atlantic Veterinary College, room 278
12:30 - 1:30 pm

This is an opportunity for AVC and Pre-Vet students to connect with professors on a more personal level as they reminisce about challenges in vet school and the people who helped them throughout the program.

Movie Night - Silver Linings Playbook
Robertson Library, room 235
7:00 pm 

Come join UPEI's Psychology Society in the watching of the Hollywood movie Silver Linings Playbook, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DiNero, with a short discussion afterwards! Snacks will be provided. Please bring comfy clothes and friends.

Wednesday, March 9

Bubble Soccer
Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The game will have eight players, encased in zorb-like inflatable bubbles, who will bounce into each other as they fight for possession of the soccer ball. Short games with four on four. Participants are asked to wear indoor sneakers and come dressed in gym attire. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. All participants will be required to sign a waiver form. Bystanders can watch, but must do so from the walking track area.

Panther Fitness Studio, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre
12:05 - 12:50 pm

Lyndsey Paynter will lead this session and mats will be provided. This session 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.

Glow Flow Yoga
Learning Commons, Atlantic Veterinary College
6:30 - 7:30 pm

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. Space is limited. Please click here to register.

Coffee with a Stranger
Student Affairs' Campus Life Lounge, W. A. Murphy Student Centre (2nd floor)
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Diane Burke, along with her daughter Jenna Burke (who is an Aboriginal Student Mentor with Mawi'omi and in her 4th year at UPEI) will give a talk on the Residential School System and its impact on families & relationships. Diane's mom, Jenna's grandmother, attended the Shubenacadie Residential school. This promises to be a very meaningful and important conversation. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Mental Health Trivia Night
The Wave, W. A. Murphy Student Centre
8:30 pm

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 10

Healthy Relationships 101
The Pit, Robertson Library
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm 

What determines a healthy relationship? Have you ever worried that you are in an unhealthy relationship? What are the warning signs to look for? Can you make a long distance relationship work? Join Marion Clorey from Student Affairs and Richelle Greathouse from the International Relations Office for a brown bag lunch and chat on this important topic.

Stress and Relaxation Management
Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building
12:30 - 1:30 pm 

Our minds and bodies need rest and recovery breaks to allow us to relax and reduce the effects of stress. This seminar will show participants how to make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation technique. Space is limited so please sign up before March 9. If you would like to attend the session, please pre-register by contacting Glenda Burgoyne by email at or telephone 902-566-0605.

An Evening with Catherine MacLellan
Steel Recital Hall
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30) 

This 2015 Juno Award winner, singer-songwriter will share her stories and songs as we come together to celebrate mental health and the relationships that matter in our lives. FREE TICKETS can be picked up at Student Affairs from March 3 - 10, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (while they last; initially limited to two per person, unlimited after Wednesday, March 9). Goodwill offering at the door to support UPEI Mental Health Week. This event is sponsored by the UPEI Alumni Association.

Friday, March 11

Let’s Listen
The Wave, W. A. Murphy Student Centre
3:00 - 5:00 pm

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. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend!

Games Night
Atlantic Veterinary College Cafeteria
6:00 - 8:30 pm

AVC students, Pre-Vets, and UPEI students, faculty, and staff are invited to a board game night - complete with snacks! Bring your own games, or play one of ours. Brought to you by the Society of Atlantic Veterinary Students (SAVS).