Taking a breather: Managing stress

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Sabrina Guillen
Communications Assistant
Mon, 10/28/2019 - 10:30

Mid-term and final season can always seem overwhelming. Pursuing post-secondary education is quite rigorous, but as you’ve probably already realized, also very rewarding. We want to make sure you’re aware of the upcoming Thrive Week, a collection of mental health-focused events, and the resources on campus to help you out. So, slow down for a second, breathe, and have a read through this guide.

Mental health 101

A good starting point if you feel lost about how to manage your stress is to start today by building positive habits for your mental health. This can look different for everyone. Some common ways of doing this are by getting involved in your student community, increasing your physical activity through things like workouts, clubs or intramurals, or utilizing apps or podcasts such as Headspace or Worry Knot.

Get out and de-stress

Are you looking for a more social and entertaining way to blow off some steam? You can come out to Fall Thrive Week which is taking place from November 4 to 8. Thrive is a series of events focused on improving campus wellness and mental health. This term’s activities include a variety of opportunities to support mental health and connect with other students, such as wellness panels, group workouts, workshops, a mental health forum, and even a music night! To learn more about Thrive and to see a full event calendar, you can visit the Thrive website [external link].

However, if you think you need the help of more dedicated support to get back on track, you're covered on campus. If you’re living in residence, we've there are many great individuals for you to take advantage of such as your dons, community leaders, residence life coordinators, in-residence counselors or peer leaders. For all students though, we recommend Counselling Services as the first stop. Located on the second floor of Needles Hall, Counselling Services provides a variety of options to help manage your stress and mental health with appointments, seminars, workshops and more. You can learn more about everything they have to offer on their website [external link]. However, there are many other resources also at your disposal! Take a look at the list below that we’ve compiled for you to see what UWaterloo has for your mental health.

Mental health resources for students

UW Police [external link] (519-888-4567 x 22222 ) - For emergency services on campus 24/7

WatSAFE [external link] - Developed with UW Police Services and the Safety Office, WatSAFE provides quick access to campus safety and emergency resources, including emergency contact information

Good2Talk [external link] (1-866-925-5454) - Ontario's Post-Secondary Student Helpline

Here 24/7 [external link] (1-844-437-3247) - Region of Waterloo Helpline

Conflict Management and Human Rights Office [external link] - a resource on matters of harassment, discrimination, and other forms of conflict. Also offers sexual harassment counselling & support

Grand River Hospital [external link] (519-749-4300) - On campus resources

Student Success Office [external link] (519-888-4567 ext. 84410) - provides resources for any student looking to succeed personally and academically. Free workshops include supporting your academic initiatives and your own stress management

Health Services [external link] (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.

The Women’s Centre (519-888-4567 x33457) - a female-positive and supportive environment on campus for women and trans folks

AccessAbility Services [external link] (519-888-4567 x 35082) - provides academic support students who have both permanent and temporary disabilities.

The Glow Centre (519-888-4567 x38569) - a safe space for LGBTQ+ identifying students, run entirely by student volunteers. The Glow Centre offers discussion groups, social events, support resources, awareness campaigns, and community.

International Student Experience [external link]- supports international students in their transition to Canada and the University of Waterloo.

Centre for Mental Health Research [external link] (519-888-4567 x 33842) - offers accessible, effective mental health services for people of all ages in the Region of Waterloo.

KW Counselling Services [external link] (519-884-0000) - Walk-in hours: Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Carizon Counselling [external link] (519-743-6333) - Walk-in hours: Tuesday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Delton Glebe Counselling Centre [external link] (519-884-3305) - Not-for-profit, multi-faith counselling