From Forbes to Buzzfeed to CNN to Bell Let’s Talk Day, chances are you’ve engaged in some way with a story, campaign or discussion surrounding mental health in the recent media. It’s an exciting time for participation, as dialogue continues evolving on campuses, in workplaces and on social media – and it’s encouraging to see leaders and educators advocating for mental health awareness, literacy and support.
In support of this continued and important effort, we’re kicking off a series to highlight resources to equip you to bring your best self – to your program, your career, and to all of your pursuits.
York University: Promoting a Culture of Wellness
York University’s Mental Health Steering committee advocates for the belief “that wellness is a necessary pre-condition to learning and working, and that physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, mental, and cultural and environmental health and learning are interdependent.” The committee and campus-wide goal is to promote a healthy, inclusive environment that supports a healthy York community.
The YorkU Mental Health Steering committee has many awesome initiatives underway, and they make it easy to stay informed and involved! Here are some things to keep on your radar:
- October 10: Attend the Campus Mental Health Resource Fair in Vari Hall, 10:00am-2:00pm
- October 12: Join in a Student Mental Health Round Table at 626 Kaneff Tower, 1:00pm-2:30pm
- October 19: Hang out with therapy dogs in the Scott Library Atrium, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Learn more about how to get involved below:
Struggling With Mental Health & Wellbeing? Here’s Where To Go:
1. The Counselling & Disability Services Centre in the Bennett Centre provides a range of services, including personal counselling, group development workshops, learning skills training, support and academic accommodation for students with learning, mental health, physical, sensory and medical disabilities. These services are offered free of charge to all York University Students.
2. Below are a few key resources that may be helpful to those in need of support.
- Support for Students in Distress
- Self-help Resources
- Common Stress Reactions to Trauma & Coping Strategies
- Community Counselling & Support
3. Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline where you can access professional counseling and referrals in support of mental health, recovery and well-being. The helpline is available to all post-secondary students in Ontario, 24 hours a day.
We also encourage you to reach out to Student Services & International Relations (W263) if you have any questions or concerns, or attend York’s Mental Health Resource Fair to learn more! Details are below.
We’ll be sharing more mental health resources on the GradBlog to help you bring your best self.
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