For the eighth consecutive year, Queen’s is preparing for Thrive – a week-long series aimed at building positive mental health and wellness through discussion, learning, skill development, and resource sharing. This year’s events focus on the key concepts of happiness and joy.

“Thrive Week is meant to connect us through collective learning and sharing,” says Sydney Downey, Associate Director, Employee Wellness Services, Human Resources. “It’s an excellent opportunity to focus on your own well-being, connect with others across campus, and learn more about the wellness supports available at Queen’s.”

Thrive Week kicks off Monday, Oct. 31 with several events and learning opportunities planned, including keynote speaker Gillian Mandich. Dr. Mandich is an award-winning, internationally recognized happiness researcher, speaker, educator, and author. She is the founder of the International Happiness Institute of Health Science Research and a Research Associate at the World Database of Happiness, based out of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Dr. Mandich will host a 75-minute keynote presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. to discuss happiness in the new world of work and the digital era. Those interested can register online to attend the keynote in-person at the Event Commons in Mitchell Hall or tune in virtually. The first 20 registered participants for the in-person keynote will receive a Thrive swag bag.

Some additional featured events to look forward to include:

  • Oct. 31 (all day): Halloween Costume Contest – Submit your photos for a chance to win prizes!
  • Nov. 2 (10 – 11 a.m.): Plan for Resilience – One-hour webinar to help you develop strategies to build resilience.
  • Nov. 3 (1– 2 p.m.), and Nov. 4 (11 a.m. – Noon): Let’s watch the Stars Together – In-person tour of the sky hosted by the Queen’s Observatory.
  • Nov. 4 (all day): Free drop in for Queen’s employees at the ARC.
  • All week: Lunch THEN learn – A series of workshops that focus on wide-ranging topics including personal finances, professional development, email organization, and mindful self-compassion.

For more information, including other events, dates, and registration, visit the Thrive page.

Other support resources for the Queen’s community and their family members can be found through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

Article originally published in the Queen's Gazette