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Uplifting messages to help you thrive
While university can often feel overwhelming and isolating, it can be good to hear that there are resources and others there to help. We believe good mental health is the first step to making a good student. And we decided a whole week (November 4 to 8) should be dedicated to building that positive mental health for everyone at UWaterloo. Thrive [external link] is an annual initiative that provides mental health resources, helps build healthy habits and self-care skills, and works toward creating a supportive community. To kick off the last day of Thrive week, the Thrive Committee hosted the event “Uplifting Messages with Balloons”.
On November 8, colourful balloons were on display in the Davis Centre (DC) Foyer. Scattered in front of the entrance to the DC library stood clusters of multi-coloured balloons attached to the ground with weights. This worked to create an exciting change of scenery for students passing through the building, hopefully brightening their days.
If you looked closer, you'd notice that strings of the balloons in each group had pieces of paper attached to them. Each one of those papers displayed positive messages that you or your fellow students decided to leave behind, which they thought might be able to help someone who feels down or stressed. This included encouragements like "Believe in yourself!", "Be Happy" or "Take a deep breath and relax. You got this!."
Beyond just the balloons, a table was also set up with enthusiastic volunteers from Peer Health Education [external link] handing out apples, pins, self-care tips, educational pamphlets, and most importantly were there for anyone who needed a quick chat. On top of all of that, the first 100 students even got free cellphone pop sockets!
The volunteers present, sporting their yellow Thrive t-shirts, were especially excited to be part of such an important event to connect people with the right resources. Peer Health Education members Kirat and Jasleen had the following to say about the event, "It’s extremely important to know you’re not alone. It’s okay if there’s something wrong - get help! Knowing that there are organizations and people on campus to support you, can be the first step towards taking care of yourself."
If you find yourself in need of some support, but don’t know where to start, our Mental Health & Wellness Guide [external link] can set you up with some first steps.
If you need help now, you can reach out to the following resources:
UW Police [external link]
519-888-4567 ext. 22222
Counselling Services [external link]
519-888-4567 ext. 32655
Health Services - Student Medical Clinic [external link]
Grand River Hospital [external link]
St. Mary's Hospital [external link]
Good2Talk [external link]
Here 24/7 [external link]
Crisis Services Canada [external link]
1-833-456-4566 or by text 45645
Kitchener-Waterloo Sexual Assault Support Centre [external link]
Telecare Cambridge Distress Line [external link]
Huron Perth Helpline (Stratford) [external link]
Stratford General Hospital [external link]