Jan. 22, 2020Print | PDF
Wilfrid Laurier University’s wellness education coordinators are growing awareness about student mental health one Thrive Week at a time.
Laurier’s sixth Thrive Week – taking place Jan. 26 to 31 – will feature events and activities to foster positive mental health and create awareness about supports for mental health. Winter Thrive Week events take place at Laurier’s Brantford and Waterloo campuses.
“This Thrive Week is focused on creating awareness for the diversity of mental health supports available on Laurier's campuses and in the community so we can help students find what works best for them,” says Nathan Reeve, wellness education coordinator at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. “Everyone is unique and requires unique support.”
Thrive Week is held at Laurier each fall and winter term. This year’s Winter Thrive Week features a mix of new and returning activities and events. All are free to attend and registration is not required.
Unsure how to access campus and community mental health resources? Stop by the Let’s Taco ‘Bout It Mental Health Resource Fair on Jan. 27 in the Concourse between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy a free taco while learning more about the variety of mental health resources and supports available at the Waterloo campus and within Waterloo Region.
Considering a career in the mental health field? Plan to attend this panel presentation about career options on Jan. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Career Centre.
Watch for peer wellness educators handing out mindfulness care packages around campus on Jan. 30. (Hint: look for Golden Hawks in black Laurier sweaters.)
Activities including yoga and group exercise classes, “Connecting Over Cocoa” and a make-your-own trail mix session are also taking place during Thrive Week. Check out the full schedule of Thrive Week activities and events happening at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.
Join Rasha from the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant on Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Grand River Hall, room 206 and socialize while painting (and filling!) a mason jar with positive affirmations. Bring a friend or two; everyone is welcome and snacks are provided.
Test your knowledge about consent and sexual wellness on Jan. 29 fro 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Public (93 Dalhousie St.). Prizes available!
Plants contribute to well-being in so many ways. Pop by the Research and Academic Centre West Lobby Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and paint a terracotta pot for a succulent to take home and display in your space.
The spirit of Thrive Week will be alive throughout the winter term at Laurier’s Brantford campus with workshops dedicated to each of the seven dimensions of wellness. Attend each workshop or complete the related reflective exercise to have your wellness passport stamped and entered into a prize draw. Pick up wellness passports in the Research and Academic Centre Lobby on Jan. 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Students can also register for Wellness Centre workshops about a variety of topics related to mental health and wellness that are offered throughout the winter term.
Thrive Week aligns with Bell Canada’s annual Let’s Talk Day initiative, which invites Canadians to join the conversation about mental health. On Jan. 29, take part in the following ways:
For more information about Thrive Week or wellness education initiatives at Laurier, visit the Wellness section of the student website.
Mental Health Suggestion Box
Have an idea for mental health programming at Laurier? Submit your ideas for programming, events or resources to the online Mental Health Suggestion Box. Laurier’s mental health advisory committee will review the suggestions, which are anonymous unless you indicate that you would like to be contacted.
Have an idea for mental health programming at Laurier? Submit your ideas for programming, events or resources to the online Mental Health Suggestion Box.
Laurier’s mental health advisory committee will review the suggestions, which are anonymous unless you indicate that you would like to be contacted.
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