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October is...Mental Wellness Month

 

The University of Toronto is celebrating Mental Wellness Month this October across all three campuses.   Be part of the UTSC community and join this campaign by taking the opportunity to align your programs, lectures, and projects to recognize mental health and wellness during this month.  Feel free to use #BeWellUofT #UTSC!

As a campus, we can have open discussions about mental health, decrease stigma related to mental illness and promote self-care as a supportive community.  Small changes can have a big impact on your overall wellness. 

See below of events on campus and check the Intranet for more details of events at UTSC!

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Mental Health Understood Fair - https://intranet.utsc.utoronto.ca/intranet2/s2/booking/show.action?eventid=393170

Mental Health Understood is an information fair focussing on mental health supports and resources by UTSC student services, student groups, and community organizations. 

The fair will take place from 11:30am-2:30pm in the Meeting Place located in S-Wing.

Join us for interactive displays on healthy lifestyles, coping strategies, and protecting our mental health. 

Celebrate Mental Wellness Month!  Small changes can have a big impact on your overall wellness. #BeWellUofT #UTSC

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More Feet On The Ground – Free Online Mental Health Training - https://intranet.utsc.utoronto.ca/intranet2/s2/booking/show.action?eventid=394125

More Feet on the Ground is an educational website on how to recognize, respond, and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus.  https://utoronto.morefeetontheground.ca/

This is a free online training supported by the Council of Ontario Universities that you can do yourself to gain the tools you can use to help fellow students who require support.  This training also provides you a certificate to show that you have completed the training.  Submit your certificate and student number to leadership@utsc.utoronto.ca and get credit for the Leadership Development Program .

According to the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, an estimated one in five Canadians, in any given year, will experience a mental health or addiction problem.* In Canada, youth between the ages of 15 and 24 are the population group most likely to experience mental health issues and/or substance abuse disorders, with suicide being the second leading cause of death among those ages 10 to 19.* (taken from https://utoronto.morefeetontheground.ca/)

Part of providing a supportive environment on campus is knowing what to do when someone is reaching out to you for help.  This training is beneficial as a student, staff or faculty member.  You are welcome to share it throughout our campus community. 

U of T Student Mental Health Report, http://mentalhealth.utoronto.ca/ .  

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Welltrack – Free online Mental Wellness Tool - https://intranet.utsc.utoronto.ca/intranet2/s2/booking/show.action?eventid=394127

Welltrack is an Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for coping with anxiety, depression, and phobia available FREE to all UTSC student as of October 2015.  It provides a mental wellness assessment and a companion app, Moodcheck, that is available for free in the app store.  Please note that this tool is for your confidential use and not monitored.  Brought to you by the UTSC Health & Wellness Centre. Contact health-services@utsc.utoronto.ca for more information.

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1 in 5 at UTSC – Mental Wellness Month Events https://intranet.utsc.utoronto.ca/intranet2/s2/booking/show.action?eventid=394128

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, "It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will develop a mental illness at some time in their lives." 

The Mental Health Network, which is a collaboration of many departments and students groups on campus worked together to host 1 in 5 events at UTSC in the month of October to raise awarness of mental health issues, decrease stigma and learn self-care strategies and resources.  

1 in 5: "Like" Yourself -  Oct 1, 11am-3pm, BV Hallway, 3rd Floor - Shows that you only require one person’s validation and that’s yours.  Fortunate to be part of Art Side Out, this interactive display will focus on positivity in an age where we are so critical about ourselves.

1 in 5: Project Semi Colon  - Oct 7, 11:30am-2:30pm, Meeting Place – This project is a movement dedicated to raising awareness and presenting hope to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. The semicolon is used when an author could have ended his sentence but chose not to. During this month, we're using the semicolon to show our support for those who chose to continue their life journey.

1 in 5: Treat Yourself Tuesday -  Oct 20, 12-3pm, Meeting Place - Explore how society, media and ourselves influence our body image.  Learn to rebuild the relationship between our bodies, mind and food by visiting with our interactive displays and activities.

1 in 5: Your Inner Voice – Understanding Anxiety  - Oct 27, 12-3pm, Meeting Place – Share your thoughts about anxiety, coping strategies, resources and supports.

1 in 5: Three Voices – Discovery. Recovery. Hope,  Oct 28, 5-7pm, Room to be confirmed,.  A quiet dancer, a feisty photographer, an idealistic social worker three strangers, three voices, one certainty -- living with mental illness is a lifelong journey. Three Voices is a raw and heart-wrenching documentary about what mental illness really looks and feels like. It is a story about losing your grip on who you are and then rediscovering yourself through art, through self- expression, through compassion for others.  All are welcome.

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Drop-in Relaxation and Meditation, Every Wednesday, 3-4pm, SL279

Learn about the concepts of mindfulness meditation and how it  can help with managing stress, increasing concentration and improving overall health.  No previous meditation experience necessary.  Mats and meditation cushions provided.




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