On January 31, York University will take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day by hosting campus-wide events to raise awareness around mental health and wellness. York U is committed to providing a healthy, safe and supportive environment that fosters the mental health and well-being of students, staff and faculty. Let’s Talk Day is a unique opportunity to come together as a community to discuss, support and get involved with mental health and wellness culture on campus.
If you or someone you know within the York community requires mental health and wellness support services, consult the Mental Health & Wellness at York (MHW) website. Students can also access Student Counselling & Development on weekdays from 9am to 4pm at 416-736-5297 or the Good 2 Talk Ontario Post-Secondary Student Helpline at 1-866-925-5454.
What is Let’s Talk Day?
For those who may not know, the Bell Let’s Talk Day program raises awareness and funding for mental health initiatives in Canada: the company contributes 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter on January 31. Keep reading for a list of the events being held on YU Let’s Talk Day to raise awareness about mental health and wellness on campus!
YU Let’s Talk Day Events
The following events will be taking place on campus during or leading up to Let’s Talk Day on January 31.
Health Education & Promotion: Every Thursday leading up to Let’s Talk Day, the Health Education Peer Team will be running interactive events from 1-3:30 in York’s Red Zone to help start conversations around mental health and wellness. For example, Health Education Peers will have speech bubbles that students can write on to share their thoughts about mental health and words of support which can then be shared on social media and hung up in the Student Centre. For a list of all Let’s Talk Day events hosted on campus, check the events page on the MHW website.
The Bergeron Centre: On January 31, the Bergeron Centre will be hosting games, playing movies, and holding stress buster activities including a “Tinkering Event” to help students come together as a community and access stress-relieving techniques. Tinkering is a therapeutic practice that allows participants to de-stress by building objects from tools and materials: students will be able to take their creations home at the end of the event.
Residence Life: On January 31, each York U residence building will feature a station where students can engage in conversations about mental health and talk to Residence Dons about the support services at York U.
Athletics & Recreation: During the lead up to Let’s Talk Day, York U student athletes will be hosting activities during and after athletics events. Fans will receive thunder sticks and temporary tattoos during the games and have the opportunity to sign talk bubbles and banners in support of mental health.
WellTrack: York University provides access to the WellTrack mental health management app year-round by purchasing enough licenses for all community members to access this free online self-help program. WellTrack users can track their daily mental health and access resources such as education courses, including Computerized Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) and relaxation tools. To begin, each user takes a brief survey to identify their needs and is then provided with a customized course of therapy. Twice a day, users will be prompted to engage with WellTrack to assess their mood through MoodCheck. Other helpful tools include thought diaries, activity schedulers, and progressive muscle relaxation exercises.
Keeping the Conversation Going
Let’s Talk Day is a great opportunity to think about mental health and wellness on campus and work to de-stigmatize mental health issues. However, it’s crucial to use the ideas and energy from this event to keep the conversation going throughout the year! Visit the Mental Health and Wellness at York website to find resources on campus and within the community. You can also support an inclusive and healthy campus environment by continuing to learn about mental health and wellness, connecting with your friends and classmates and giving back to the community by volunteering to support mental health and wellness initiatives. Visit the YU Connect website to find clubs you can join.
Remember, Lions, York U is committed to supporting your health and wellbeing. If you need support or want to spread the word about resources on campus, take a look at our previous post “A Guide to Mental Health and Wellness Resources at York U.” We at the #YUBlog hope to see you at the Let’s Talk Day events: together, the York U community can show our support for mental health and wellness on campus!