Mental Health Alliance Steering Committee Application

The University of Calgary Mental Health Alliance was founded in 2015 by the Mental Health Awareness Club and Distress Centre on Campus Club. Now, the Alliance has close to 20 member organizations and is supported by the Students’ Union, SU Wellness Centre, and Campus Mental Health Strategy. The mandate of the alliance is to improve communication among on-campus groups interested in mental health, foster opportunities for collaboration on mental health initiatives, and advocate for campus-wide mental health awareness using its wide reach and unified voice.

The Mental Health Alliance is seeking a Chair, Communications Coordinator and External Coordinator for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

Consult the application form for more information. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 9, 2018.

International Study Travel Grant

Have you ever thought about studying abroad but were worried about the cost? Are you already planning to study abroad and looking for funding? University of Calgary International is pleased to announce that the International Study Travel Grant competition is now open!

The eligibility requirements are simple:

  • You must be a University of Calgary degree-seeking student, participating in a University of Calgary study abroad program, earning at least 1 course (3 units) of academic credit.
  • Your study abroad program must commence between April 1, 2018  – March 31, 2019
  • You need a minimum 2.80 GPA over your last 8 courses
  • You cannot have previously received funding through the International Studentship or International Study Travel Grant competitions.

The online application as well as detailed instructions can be found here:

Deadline to apply: Sunday March 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

For details on this and many other potential sources of funding:

Procrasti-Nation Study Group

What is Procrasti-Nation?

Procrasti-Nation is a peer-led study group open to all UCalgary students. It provides a motivating environment and increases accountability so students can get work done. It is a group environment where the focus is on individualized work. At the start, Peer Support Volunteers help students set a SMART goal outlining what they would like to achieve in the session. The group then has 50 minutes of uninterrupted study time, with a follow up at the end where students can share how the session went for them and discuss challenges and study tips.

When does it run?

Procrasti-Nation runs every Tuesday at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm. Each study session starts on the hour and are 1 hour long with 50 minutes of studying and a 10 minute break. Sessions are drop-in, with no registration required. Students can choose to attend one session, or stay for multiple. Procrasti-Nation takes place at the Campus Community Hub (located in Yamnuska Hall next to Subway).

The Body Project, new sessions!

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.

Sessions will run in January and February of 2018.

To register, visit:

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:

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: 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:

  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)
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