Wellness Centre Mental Health Resources – Winter 2018

The SU Wellness Centre is offering a multitude of mental health resources and programs this semester, including:

General Wellness Programming

1. Wellness In Residence: Social programming currently offered to students in residence twice a month on Monday evenings. This is a great resource for supporting general self-care and enhancing social connection. (see attached schedule)

2. Thursday Hang @ the Hub: Every Thursday, the Campus Community Hub Peer Support Team hosts Thursday Hang @ the Hub events. These events are drop-in and are open to all UCalgary students. They provide students with the opportunity to take part in activities to de-stress, and meet new other students to help reduce loneliness and build connection. (see the attached schedule). Students can access information about upcoming events on the Hub website: http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/hub

3. Procrasti-Nation: a study group for students that require accountability and provides a motivating environment for students so they can get work done. This is a study group environment where the focus is on individualize work. Each study session is an hour long, 45 minutes of studying and a 15 minute break. Before the start of the session Peer Supporters will lead the group making individual SMART goals (Strategic, measureable, achievable, realistic, and timely). Students are to leave the room for their break, however breaks are not mandatory. Groups run weekly Tuesday, from 4:00pm-7:00pm and start on the hour.

4. Laid Back Lunch: Every Wednesday students are invited to bring their Lunch to the Campus Community Hub and engage in self-care activities such as colouring, board-games, slime and stress ball making. Each week we will have a different Featured colouring activity ranging from Superheroes, Disney Characters to Memes. Our space has a microwave, sink, and kettle for students to use. We will also have coffee, tea, hot chocolate and light snacks such a granola bars and popcorn! All events are drop-In between the hours of 12:00pm-3:00pm in the Campus Community Hub.

Topic Specific Programming

1. Wellness Workshops: These are 50-minute sessions offered throughout the semester and are available for self-registration on the Wellness Centre website: http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/wellnessworkshops. Topics include: 1) healthy thinking, 2) stress management, 3) sleep strategies, 4) motivation/procrastination, 5)  managing anxiety, 6) changing unhealthy habits.

2. Wellness Online: Wellness Online is a self-guided, D2L-based program containing short narrated, interactive modules. Each module contains mental health information and strategies, designed to help students make positive changes to their wellbeing. Topics include: 1) stress management, 2) motivation & procrastination, 3) overcoming thinking traps, 4) reducing anxiety, 5) sleep strategies, and 6) exam anxiety. Students can self-register through the Self-Registration link in the Tools menu of D2L.

3. Group Support: We have numerous group support options that address specific mental health concerns and enhance coping skills for navigating the challenges of life. Please let your students know that groups have been found to be as effective or more effective than individual counselling. As groups are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year, students are also able to access the support they are seeking more quickly (i.e., when they need it) than waiting for individual counselling. Finally, groups provide an important context for meeting other people who are struggling with similar issues and decrease a student’s felt sense of isolation and loneliness.

**Except where noted, all of these groups are available for student self-registration through the Wellness Centre Website: http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/group_support

  1. Anxiety Management
  2. Strategies for Exam Anxiety
  3. Accept & Reconnect
  4. Happiness Basics
  5. Roots of Resiliency
  6. Mindfulness
  7. Relationship Seminars
  8. Self-Compassion
  9. Making Connections: Overcoming Social Anxiety
  10. Equipping Yourself for Success (Grad Students)
  11. Mastering Your Mood (By Referral through Wellness Centre ONLY)

The Body Project: Peer Leader Application

Apply to be a Peer Leader for The Body Project!

A Body Project Peer Leader co-facilitates an interactive (activity and discussion based) workshop and plans events to promote the program.  Peer leaders will present The Body Project workshops using a script and activities that have already been developed by The Body Project.  A peer leader is not required to have prior knowledge about body image.

If you would like to be a Peer Leader for The Body Project, please read the position description carefully and fill out the application form.

Application deadline for the winter 2018 semester: Sunday, December 10, 2017

About The Body Project

The Body Project helps women resist cultural pressures to conform to society’s idealized standards of female beauty, and helps them reduce their pursuit of unrealistic bodies. It consists of two, 2-hour sessions facilitated by trained peer leaders who are passionate about promoting body positivity. You can learn more about The Body Project by visiting http://www.bodyprojectcollaborative.com/.

W²RAP UP Fall 2017

The Student Success Centre, Libraries & Cultural Resources, and the SU Wellness Centre have partnered to run a program called W2RAP UP from Nov. 28 – 30, 2017.

This program provides Writing, Wellness, Research, and Academic Support, as well as Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. Through group sessions, you will have an opportunity to receive support for exam-preparation, research, and writing, as well as support for maintaining holistic wellness during the final stretch of the term.  Writing Tutors and Academic Development Specialists will offer one-on-one sessions, and stress-reduction activities such as making stress-balls and receiving free massages will also be offered. This event will provide you with access to services and resources on campus to help you as you wrap up the term!

Consult the full schedule of sessions for more information.

The Body Project

The Body Project is a program aimed at helping young women feel better about their bodies. All female-identified students are invited to take part in these peer-led sessions that will help you challenge and resist societal pressures to conform to an unrealistic standard of beauty.

To register, visit:

ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/thebodyproject

Career Development Program

The Career Development Program offered by Career Services will help build your resume, demonstrate your leadership skills and can open up new and unexpected career opportunities. The whole program takes approximately 20 hours to complete. You work through it at your own pace to submit all modules by April 30 to receive co-curricular credit.

The deadline to register is November 9, 2017.

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