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Mental Health Week

UPEI will host its second annual Mental Health Week March 10-14. An initiative by Student Affairs and supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association (PEI division), the week showcases a series of events designed to educate and encourage action among UPEI students, staff, and faculty while building a culture of care. See the full schedule of events below. All events are free.

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program visits
Many people can benefit physically and emotionally from regular contact with the unconditional love of a dog. Enjoy visits from St. John Ambulance Therapy dogs at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, March 10, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
  • Wednesday, March 13, 1:00–3:00 pm, Bill and Denise Andrew Hall
  • Friday, March 14, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Robertson Library Breezeway

“Nurturing Your Spirit” through the Seven Sacred Teaching
Monday, March 10
12:00–1:00 pm
Faculty Lounge, Main Building

Respected Mi'kmaq Elder, Judy Clark will give a session on the Seven Sacred Teachings. These teachings form the foundation of respect and sharing for interacting with each other and with our world. Each teaching contributes to the other and helps build a fuller life. Elder Judy Clark will be available for questions following the session

TEDxTalk – starring Mental Health Superhero Alicia Raimundo
Tuesday, March 11
1:30–3:30 pm
McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre

Alicia Raimundo has been described as a “mental health superhero,” battling serious bouts of anxiety, depression, and a suicide attempt since the age of 13. More recently, she used her move to the University of Waterloo as a catalyst to seek help, and eventually, to help others living with mental health issues. By the age of 24, she had earned a university degree, given a TEDxTalk, was named one of 2012 “faces of mental illness,” became the Canadian ambassador for the Young Health Program, and held positions in more than six mental health organizations.

“Money and Stress” Workshop
Tuesday, March 11
12:00 pm
Student Affairs Boardroom (second floor, above the UPEI Bookstore)

Are you stressed about balancing school work and employment? Join Family Services PEI who will provide a free financial counselling session that will focus on the emotional component on living on a tight budget as a student.

Wellness Fair: “Be Healthy, Look Healthy, Feel Healthy”
Wednesday, March 12
10:00 am–2:00 pm
The McCain Foundation Learning Commons at AVC

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to take part in this year’s Wellness Fair to receive information on staying active both mentally and physically, as well as how they may achieve this by accessing supportive persons and organizations within the community. Some participating booths include: Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Group, Canadian Mental Health Association, Dairy Farmers of Canada, RCMP Health & Safety.

Yoga at the Chaplaincy Centre
Wednesday, March 12
12:05–12:55 pm
Chaplaincy Centre

UPEI Athletics and Recreation and the Chaplaincy Centre are pleased to announce a weekly yoga/meditation class for UPEI students, staff, and faculty only. The class is rejuvenating and healing, using a combination of energizing and calming techniques and yoga poses designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength, and relaxation. Participants are encouraged to take their own towel and/or mat.

“Language, Culture, and Mental Health” Workshop
Wednesday, March 12
2:30–4:00 pm
Location: Chaplaincy Centre

Different cultures perceive mental health in different ways. Some attach negative stigma to the challenges of mental health, and as a result, early intervention and treatment is delayed. Certainly, these kinds of cultural barriers remain as significant challenges to mental health.
Join in a facilitated workshop led and staff from UPEI’s International Relations Office. The workshop will explore cultural barriers that negatively affect issues related to mental health and cultural assets that can be used to openly discuss about these issues.

PostSecret Live – with renowned speaker and author Frank Warren
Thursday, March 13
7:00 pm
McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre

“PostSecret Live” is a multi-media presentation by Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret. See the postcards that were banned from the books. Hear the inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets. Share your secret at the microphone. It’s about recognizing something about yourself that you see in others. About courage. Sharing in the joys and fears of others. About finding a deeper sense of authenticity or self-discovery.

Admission is free and open only to UPEI students, staff, and faculty. Tickets are needed for entry, and can be picked up at Mickey’s Place in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre. Contact Matthew Rice at for more information. 

“Let’s Listen”
Friday, March 14
2:00–4:00 pm
The Wave, W.A. Murphy Student Centre

Join students, staff, and faculty for a discussion on personal experiences with mental health related illnesses. This is a safe and open environment for discussion and sharing. Refreshments will be served.

Mental Health Week is developed and planned by a committee of UPEI students, staff, and faculty. The committee has support from the School of Nursing, the Department of Psychology, Integrated Communications, Residence Services, Student Union and Student Affairs.