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Mental Health Week

Relationships Matter

UPEI will be celebrating its third annual Mental Health Week from March 9-13. The 2015 theme is: Relationships Matter. Below is a full schedule of activities and events.

Throughout the week, volunteers and representatives from the Mental Health Week committee will be in the concourse of the W.A. Murphy Student Centre, where you will find an information booth and ball pit between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Stop by for information about the week, personal resources, add a patch to our Relationships Matter quilt, and jump into our ball pit – you may just make a new friend! Share how you’re feeling on Twitter with the #upeimentalhealth hashtag and take part in the UPEI Student Union’s Selfie Goose Chase, for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! The Selfie Goose Chase will run from March 8 at midnight until March 15 at midnight.

In support of Mental Health Week, Moksha Yoga Charlottetown will be offering a free week of yoga to all UPEI students, staff, and faculty with a valid UPEI ID.

Monday, March 9

Mental Health Week Kick-off
1:30 - 2:30 pm
McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
Help us kick-off Mental Health Week with a keynote presentation entitled: Our Story, by Mr. Darin Meek. Stick around for an exciting announcement from the UPEI Student Union!

Darin’s daughter, Chalyce, would have been a third-year university student this year had she not lost her battle with anxiety and depression. On January 13, 2012 Chalyce took her own life at the age of 17. Listen to her family’s story and how they, through support of each other and support from family, friends, and the community, have moved forward. Darin’s inspirational story will show us all how we can help one another in making our Island community a healthier and more supportive environment by taking action in addressing mental health issues and breaking down the stigma.

This event is free for UPEI students, staff, and faculty. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Building Bridges - Collaboration at Work
12:30 - 1:30 pm
McCain Foundation Learning Commons, AVC
When collaboration successfully occurs in the workplace, you feel positive, productive, and willing to face any challenge. This session will teach the key elements of teamwork and provide the opportunity to practice collaboration-building techniques.

(NOTE: This session is for staff & faculty. Space is limited, so please sign up before March 5. If you would like to attend the session, please register by contacting Megan in Human Resources at

Youth Speak
7:00 pm
Lecture Theatre A, AVC
Join members of the Youth Speak program (Laing House peer-support program in Halifax, NS), as they share their personal stories, with a strong message of respect, hope and tolerance in an effort to build character, self-esteem and resilience.

Reid Burke, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association and Anne Bartlett, UPEI Student Affairs, will provide information on services offered on Island and with-in our UPEI community.

Tuesday, March 10

Mental Health Fair
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
McCain Foundation Learning Commons, AVC
Venders from on- and off-campus will provide interactive and helpful displays in support of mental health. Come by for free food and prizes!

Guided Meditation
12:45 – 1:30 pm
Chaplaincy Centre
Meditation is one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment. Let yourself be guided through a healing meditation. All are welcome to attend.

Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow.

A Discussion of the Role of Mentorship and the Mentor-Mentee Relationship in Graduate School
6:00 pm
Room 113, SDU Main Building
UPEI faculty and graduate students are invited to attend a special presentation on the mentorship relationships in graduate school. The event is organized by the Graduate Students’ Association and Dr. Brian Wagner, Faculty of Science. It will begin with a 30-minute presentation by Dr. Wagner, followed by open discussion. All are welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 11

Exploring the World of Slam Poetry and Mental Health
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Campus Life Lounge, Student Affairs, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
Watch and discuss slam poetry (competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music) online with your peers. Discover how this art form can be used to talk about mental health. All are welcome to attend.

Coffee with a Stranger Presents: John Underhay
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Campus Life Lounge, Student Affairs, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
John Underhay, also known as @peicurmudgeon, is a well-known blogger who describes himself as "just your average mentally ill, left-wing atheist, SCUBA-diving, snorkeling biker." Come chat with John about his experiences and listen to his story.

Trivia Night
8:30 pm
The Wave, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
Join the Psychology Society for a night of mental-health-themed trivia at the Wave in support of mental health awareness.

Thursday, March 12

Mental Health: An International Perspective
12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Pit, Robertson Library
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a discussion on mental health and what it means to our international community here at UPEI. This session will be led by Marion Clorey, counsellor, and Erica Stanley, international student advisor. All guests are welcome to bring their lunch. Sweets and coffee will be provided.

Yoga Nidra
12:45 – 1:30 pm
Chaplaincy Centre
Yoga Nidra, also known as yogic sleep, brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity to the body. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight. All are welcome to attend.

Bring a mat, pillow, blanket and any additional props.

Movie Night
6:30 pm
Room 135, Duffy Science Centre
Take part in a showing of A Beautiful Mind, a biopic of John Nash and his experiences with schizophrenia, starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ron Howard. Immediately following the movie, there will be a discussion facilitated by Dr. Jason Doiron, and Michael Matusiewicz.

Friday, March 13

Let’s Listen – Mental Health Week Wrap-up
3:00 pm
The Wave, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
Join us as we wrap up the week’s events featuring 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!