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Ayesha Masood
Communications Assistant
Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:15

You may have noticed a major increase in people wearing yellow shirts on campus today. They're wearing them in support of Thrive Day, an initiative led by Campus Wellness to promote mental health wellness on campus.

The Thrive week initiative was developed by the University of British Columbia in 2009 and has since been adopted by more than 11 Canadian colleges and universities. Thrive was introduced to the University of Waterloo in fall 2018. 

Thrive features a series of events that foster a wholistic mindset that encourages each individual to flourish. Workshops include Postivi-tea [external link], featuring warm drinks and warm words of encouragement;  More Feet on The Ground, a mental health training session for faculty and staff; and a coping skills seminar for students. 

“It is imperative to address mental health not only from the treatment and intervention perspective but also from a prevention and proactive viewpoint,” said Jennifer McCorriston, Associate Director for Health Promotion.

With midterms just around the corner, self-care can take the back seat as the focus shifts on achieving high grades in exams resulting in longer study hours and compromising on sleep and social life. The key is to maintain the balance between the academic, personal and social life which sets one out for success in the longer run, as well as equipping one to deal with whatever life throws our way.

“An important part of Thrive is to promote general self-care habits we could employ with paying attention to our mental and physical needs all the time,” said Samantha Fowler, Peer Health Education Coordinator. “Making sure to get enough sleep, eating healthy and getting some exercise in are just some of the ways of taking care of yourself.”

Thrive encourages us to flourish and stay healthy, and that will help us through the more challenging times of the term - and of life in general. 

“In life you're going to be successful sometimes then there’ll be times where you are not so successful,” said McCorriston. “It's important to accept both as part of life because it’s not about failing; it’s about picking yourself up and not dwelling on the hurdles in order to keep moving forward.”

Need someone to talk to? There are many mental health resources available for students at all hours.

24/7 resources

UW Police - 519-888-4567 extension  22222

Good2Talk - 1-866-925-5454
Ontario's Post-Secondary Student Helpline.

Here 24/7 – 1-844-437-3247
Region of Waterloo Helpline.

Grand River Hospital - 519-749-4300

On campus resources

Counselling Services - 519-888-4567 ext. 32655
Offers same-day appointments for emergencies and can be found in the Needles Hall North on the 2nd Floor.

Health Services - 519-888-4096
Offers walk-in appointments for urgent concerns and can be found in Health Services building.

MATES - mates@uwaterloo.ca
Offers peer to peer support and can be found in Needles Hall North on the 2nd floor.

AccessAbility Services - 519-888-4567 x 35082
Provides academic support for University of Waterloo students who have both permanent and temporary disabilities. AccessAbility supports full-time, part-time, graduate and undergraduate students as well as students completing a degree through the Centre for Extended Learning.

Centre for Mental Health Research - 519-888-4567 x 33842
Offers accessible, effective mental health services for people of all ages in the Region of Waterloo