Mental Health Promotion Week

January 24-28, 2022

During Mental Health Promotion week, we acknowledge and promote the amazing work happening across campus to support the mental health of our whole community - students, staff and faculty. Many student-led organizations and clubs contribute to the mental health education, advocacy and support at Queen's that happens throughout the entire year.

Classroom Champions for Mental Health

This collaborative initiative, created by Queen's Student Mental Health Network, highlights the necessary and valuable role academic educators play in enhancing student well-being.  We hope it inspires people and programs at Queen's to advance student mental health. 

Exceptional nominees will have their profile and work highlighted on the Campus Wellness Project website and shared online during Mental Health Promotion Week.

Mental Health Initiatives, Events & Trainings

Off-Campus Ambassador Door Knocks
Jan 24-28
The Off-Campus Ambassadors will be coming around to houses in the University District to check in with students, see how they're doing and provide information on supports and services available.

The Mental Health Impact of the Pandemic: The Added Layers for Student Athletes
Bell Let's Talk is hosting a webinar focusing on the mental health and well-being of athletes and coaches featuring keynote Jhanelle Peters, Registered Psychotherapist and Mental Health Clinician for the Toronto Raptors.  

Spaces are limited.  Register for The Added Layers for Student Athletes

Monday ALL DAY Personal Mental Health Challenge – Get Active

Join a virtual group fitness class at the ARC including Full Body Strength (8am), Mat Pilates (12pm), Yin Yoga (7pm), or be active your favourite way today.

Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress
The purpose of this online session is to help students, staff and faculty understand how to recognize when someone is struggling and learn what to do to support them.  You'll learn about the dual continuum model for mental health and be given strategies to help someone who is in immediate distress and/or in crisis. Participants will gain practical tips on what to say and do so they can connect someone with the appropriate resources.

Register for Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress

Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan
The purpose of this online session is to give participants a chance to examine stress management strategies.  Reflecting on what you are currently doing and learning evidence-based best practices will allow students, staff and faculty to move towards developing an action plan.  During the session, participants will be given time to create, or enhance, their own self-care plan including starting a new health behaviour within the next 1-2 weeks.  Changing healthy behaviours can be hard but engaging in positive coping strategies is one of the more effective ways to manage stress.

Register for Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan

Your Safe Space with Jungle Flower
The theme of this trauma-informed workshop is safety and relaxation.  Together we will explore a writing exercise designed to help you connect with your own personal safe space.  We will also do a somatic tense and release exercise and close with a guided meditation.

Register for Your Safe Space with Jungle Flower

Tuesday ALL DAY Personal Mental Health Challenge – Rest & Relax

Students can book a Peer Wellness Coaching or Professional Healthy Lifestyle appointment to get help improving your sleep.

Find out what actions can help donate funds to mental health initiatives in Canada.

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Ways to Help

National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

Affirmation Art with FizzKid Art
Join Queen's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Services, Consent at Trent, and Hana from FizzKid Art to create your own affirmation art piece.  This is a great way to create something beautiful as well as affirmation for your personal self-care.  You'll need a piece of paper, writing and colour utensils.

Register for Affirmation Art with FizzKid Art

Queer Survivorship - Queen's Reads 
The Queen's Reads Queer Kinship Series builds relationships between queer students, staff, faculty and other community members using the 2021-22 book I Hope we Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom.  Queen's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Services will collaborate with Sexual Assault Centre Kingston to facilitate a discussion about queer survivorship.

Register for Queer Survivorship - Queen's Reads

Finding Your Joy Through Music
BIPoC student communities are invited to join psychologist, E.L. Adams, for a chance to connect and add new music to your collection that sparks joy.

Register for Finding Your Joy Through Music

Wednesday ALL DAY Personal Mental Health Challenge – Take a Mindful Moment

Register for Mindful Moments: Growth Visualization, a professionally-facilitated session online from 2:30-3:15pm, use the TAO mindfulness resource library or your favorite app. 

Fresh Food Box - SOLD OUT!
Pick-up 1:00-4:00pm
Register to pick-up a FREE Fresh Food Box that contains all the fresh produce and key ingredients to prepare a quick, easy and healthy recipe (Black Bean Burgers) which makes approximately 4 servings. 

Find out more information about Fresh Food Boxes and register now.

Stories Spark Change with Roxane Gay 
Join internationally renowned author Roxane Gay and best-selling author Eternity Martis for an in-depth conversation about how we can address how we police ourselves as survivors to reclaim our story and push back against shame to create a space for healing.  As survivors, we may internalize the lie that our pleasure, needs and healing are too much of a burden.  Stories Spark Change is an opportunity to explore letting go of guilt and blame, knowing that sexual violence is never our fault.  

Register for Stories Spark Change 

Thursday ALL DAY Personal Mental Health Challenge – Nourish Yourself

The Food Access Resources page is full of information on where to get food, learn about food, purchase food with discounts, and much more.

Hospitality Services now offered an online grocery service.  You can choose to pick it up or have it delivered, for a $2 fee, if you live within 4km of Queen's campus.

Friday ALL DAY Personal Mental Health Challenge – Get Outside

Get outside & explore your nearby natural spaces.  Need some more inspiration to get out?  Learn more about winter birds from researchers at the Queen's Department of Biology.