On January 30, York University will take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day by hosting 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 wellness 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 as well as their resources page. 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 telecommunications company contributes 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter on January 30.
Let’s Talk Day Events at York U
Bell Let’s Talk Day is on January 30th, 2019 and Calumet and Stong Colleges are offering a variety of workshops and drop-in activities throughout the day!
Information Booth, Prizes, Games and Free Hugs in the Stong College Atrium!
Drop by between 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to get free information and resources, play a game testing your knowledge of mental health and win free prizes! Stong College’s Spartan and Calumet College’s Cougar will also be on hand giving free hugs throughout the day!
Coming Face2Face with Stigma Workshop
Moshe Sakal and Rahim Premji have both lived-in experiences and played a peer support role to help those that struggle with mental health challenges. In this workshop, they will discuss their own experiences with stigma, guilt, shame, hope, addiction and their recovery journey. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer period. You can register for that event here.
Indigenous Perspectives: Mental Health and Addiction Seminar
Sean Hillier is a queer Indigenous scholar from the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Currently, Sean recently completed a research study examining the impact of policy on health care delivery in remote First Nations communities for First Nations people living with HIV/AIDS. Sean will open with a smudge using traditional tobacco and sage and then discuss address mental health and addiction within the context of inter-generational trauma. He will share the impact of colonization on his family, his research in mental health and HIV/AIDs and close with a Q&A session. Register for the event and join him from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 101 Stong College.
All of Us Talk Interactive Gallery
Check out Zacks Gallery to participate in a variety of art activities related to mental health such as stamping your fingerprint if you know someone who’s been impacted by mental health which is hung on a suspended tree, responding to prompts regarding mental health on canvases and splattering paint on a large canvas to express your emotions. The gallery will be open from 2:30pm with a reception from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.
York also offers an app called WellTrack that helps you monitor your mood and is designed to help you deal with stress and anxiety. Sometimes meeting with someone on campus doesn’t always work with your schedule or you might not be sure how to start explaining what you feel – this app may be the perfect guide to help you get on the right track. 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.
York University’s Student Counselling and Development (SCD) office is here to offer support during your time at York U with their brand-new workshops available to all students, free of charge, no registration required. You’ll find workshops that run individually, such as Stress Management, or a series of three to four workshops, like Managing Shyness & Social Anxiety. Each workshop takes place in a professional and supportive environment where students receive guidance as they navigate through any personal student development. Check out our previous post “Student Counselling and Development Workshops” to learn more.
The Wellness Hub is new to Keele Campus this year. Located in Ross/Vari Hall Link next to the Lost and Found, the Wellness Hub aims to become the central point of all health and wellness services and workshops on-campus. Through collaborations with on-campus partners, their goal is to provide you with the most current and appropriate resources for your well-being. Join them on January 30 to continue the conversation about mental health at York! Follow along on social media using the hashtag #yumentalhealth as well!
Most Importantly, Keep the Conversation Going
Although Let’s Talk Day is a special event that does wonders for Canadian mental health initiatives and awareness, it is crucial to use the ideas and energy from this event to keep the conversation going throughout the year! We have shown you several resources to feel like you’re not alone and this conversation happens all year round at York. Remember, Lions, York U is committed to supporting your health and wellness.