On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the University of Ottawa joins many international organizations to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
With the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of wellbeing, this day also provides an opportunity to encourage everyone to look at mental health in a more positive light, in an effort to reduce stigma and make way for more people to seek the help and support they need.
According to a new national survey of colleges and universities, 1/5 of Canadian postsecondary students are depressed and anxious or battling other mental health issues.
As a university community, we have made mental health and wellness a priority. We are here to support students in relation to their physical and emotional wellbeing.
We therefore encourage you to find ways to support your well-being, de-stress, and connect with campus groups and programs. Join the conversation on World Mental Health Day and see what services and tools are available to you!
Campus Events on Thursday, October 10, 2019
Join the uOttawa Health Promotion team from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UCU Terminus for free coffee/tea, snacks, games, and a Q&A with various healthcare professional (counsellor, dietitian, personal trainer, etc.)
Reiki for Stress Relief
New this year, uOttawa Health Promotion is offering weekly Reiki sessions (20 mins/appointment) on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon in UCU 203 to students to help de-stress.
Free Campus Recreation activities
Take advantage of these free activities offered on campus:
- Drop-In Zumba (noon to 1 p.m. in Gym D at Lees, and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room 152 of 90U Residence)
- Drop-in Yoga Fitness (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the multi-sports room in the Minto Sports Complex
World Mental Health Day Challenge: Graduate Students Focus
Graduate students are invited to take part in the World Mental Health Day Challenge, organized by the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Education. This innovative experiential event will serve as a gathering for uOttawa graduate students to help understand the specific mental health challenges that may arise when engaging in graduate studies.
Wellness resources and services
Did you know that you can talk to a counsellor about anything that is troubling you or causing you emotional distress? The Counselling Services offers two different types of services. For more rapid access to a professional counsellor, you can visit the walk-in clinic on a first come, first served basis. If your need is not as pressing, you can alternatively book a single session appointment online that fits your schedule.
They also offer the possibility of connecting you with one of their peer counsellors who have been trained to listen and provide informal emotional support to assist you in achieving your goals.
Mental Health Tools & Apps
TAO: Therapy Assisted Online (TAO) is an online platform of educational modules to help you learn about and change how you think and feel. TAO offers results-based content that meets your needs. By using TAO Self-Help, you will learn how to improve your personal skills, cognitive skills and interpersonal skills.
Healthy minds: HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off-campus.
Pet therapy allows individuals who are experiencing stress, a difficult situation, or who may just enjoy the benefits of cuddling a pet, to improve their wellness by spending time with therapy dogs who come to provide support on campus.
Drop-In Wellness Groups
The Counselling Services hosts regular wellness group activities that aim to empower students, and build a sense of community around various wellness themes such as the power of resiliency
University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS) Promotion
UOHS offers a comprehensive range of health and medical services to University of Ottawa students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Their Health Promotion team and Peer Educators are dedicated to making health information accessible to students and to encourage well-being through healthy choices. They organize various wellness initiatives and weekly programming such as guided meditation, yoga and reiki mentioned above.
Finding balance through the pillars of wellness
Get to know the initiatives offered on campus for you financial, intellectual, social, environmental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness.
Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.
Want to get involved?
Standing Committee on Student Wellbeing
Do you want to be actively involved in providing input into ways to make a difference for your fellow students?Join the Standing Committee on Student Wellbeing »
Discover other opportunities to get involved.
More Feet On The Ground Training
MoreFeetOnTheGround.ca is a mental health education partnership program and website that uses online materials and vignettes to teach students, staff, and faculty of Ontario universities how to Recognize, Respond, and Refer individuals experiencing mental health concerns on campus.
The University of Ottawa is committed to the well-being of its students. Ensuring that everyone can experience good overall health allows them to be successful in their studies and participate fully in university life.
To learn more about mental health and wellness at uOttawa, visit uOttawa.ca/wellness