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Supporting mental health at Queen’s

Employee Wellness Services is offering a variety of initiatives and supports during Mental Health Week from May 2-6.

Mental Health Week - Empathy
This year’s theme for Mental Health Week is focused on empathy – being present, listening completely, and learning different perspectives. (CMHA image) 

For more than 70 years, Mental Health Week has been recognized, promoted, and celebrated across Canada. Led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, the week reminds us to focus on our own personal mental health while also raising awareness about the supports in place. This year’s theme is about empathy – being present, listening completely, and learning different perspectives. 

In support and celebration of Mental Health Week, Employee Wellness Services will be offering a variety of initiatives and programs from May 2-6. Review some of the highlights for the week below or visit the HR Intranet for the complete list.

Wall of Gratitude (virtual)
Ongoing

Take time to recognize and appreciate the incredible work of colleagues from across the university. Write a positive message on the Digital Wall of Gratitude to tell them they are doing a great job, and that they are appreciated.

Outdoor Yoga (in-person)
Monday, May 2, 5:30 – 6:20 pm

Strengthen, stretch, and sweat in this hatha-based yoga class that incorporates meditation and breath-work with classic yoga poses. With variations offered in each pose, you'll learn the foundations of yoga and find opportunities to challenge yourself in new ways. Suitable for all participant levels. Program details online.

Learning to Recharge Seminar (virtual)
Tuesday, May 3, Noon – 12:45 pm

Explore techniques to energize, calm your mind, or relax your body. Discover what you most need to recharge. Register online.

Gardening Workshop (in-person)
Wednesday, May 4, Noon – 1 pm

Learn what’s needed to create and maintain healthy soil as well as regenerative techniques for gardening that help diversify our biological ecosystem. Email employee.wellness@queensu.ca to register.

Coffee Break (virtual)
Wednesday, May 4, 10 – 11 am

Take time to connect with colleagues across campus over a cup of coffee. Those interested can also craft and colour during the break. Register online.

Open Wellness Forum (virtual)
Thursday, May 5, 11 am – Noon

Reflect on what wellness means to you as an employee at Queen’s. Participate in the open wellness forum and share your unique perspectives. Register online.

ArtHive at Agnes (in-person)
Thursday, May 5, 4 – 6 pm

Artmaking is innately therapeutic and can improve general wellbeing. Explore the creative process through experimentation and play. ArtHive is free; materials are provided, and no prior art experience is necessary. Register online.

Coffee Break (in-person)
Friday, May 6

Show your employee ID to enjoy a free medium-sized standard brewed coffee or tea at the following Queen’s food outlets on campus on Friday, May 6:

  • MC2 – MacIntosh-Corry Hall (8 am – 3 pm)
  • Starbucks – Goodes Hall (8 am – 3:30 pm)
  • Tim Horton’s – Queen’s Centre (7:30 am – 3:30 pm)

If you are enjoying a hot beverage at MC2, you are encouraged to bring your own reusable mug.  

We recognize the challenges facing many members of the Queen’s community. Support for staff and faculty is available through the Employee and Family Assistance Program and additional wellness resources are available on the HR Intranet.