Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. Many people who work and learn at RRC have experienced or will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Show your support for an inclusive campus community by attending one or more of or MIAW events.
Art Show by Artbeat Studio
Artbeat Studio is a mental health consumer initiated, peer-directed, recovery oriented program providing studio space, mentorship and more to artists living with mental illness. Come view artwork and chat with an artist about the power of art and community to promote healing.
NDC: Tuesday, Oct 3rd noon-2:00 pm, Library Hallway
EDC: Thursday, Oct 5th noon- 2:00 pm, Atrium
Coping with Anxiety as a Student: A Lived Experience
The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba is a peer-led organization whose staff have personally experienced and overcome the disabling effects of anxiety. Attend this talk where the presenter will share knowledge about Anxiety Disorders as well as strategies to cope in an academic and workplace setting.
NDC: Wednesday, Oct 4th, noon-1:00 pm, Orange lecture theatre, livestreaming available
EDC: Wednesday, Oct 4th, noon-1:00 pm, P107
All About Schizophrenia
One percent of the population live with Schizophrenia so chances are you’ll work with, learn with, or teach someone who has this diagnosis. Attend this talk, by the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, to increase your knowledge about Schizophrenia and Psychosis, while having your questions answered by the experts.
NDC: Thursday, October 5th, 11:00-noon, White lecture theatre, livestreaming available
Faces of Mental Illness Campaign
The Faces of Mental Illness is a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Posters featuring the Faces will be all over campus in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness.
If you’d like a poster to put up in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The end of term can be a very stressful period, with students experiencing added pressure to complete projects and perform well on exams. In order to help students cope with this stress, we’re welcoming the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program to campus. Students will be encouraged to sit with, feel, touch and pet a trained dog, enjoying the relaxing effect this can have on their mind, body, and emotions.
According to St. John Ambulance, the nation-wide program boasts 3,354 volunteer teams who assisted more than 120,000 clients throughout 2015. Therapy dog teams visit hospitals, retirement residences, care facilities, schools and universities.
Therapy dogs have been on campus in the past, and many students have genuinely enjoyed the visits.
Please join us at the following times/locations:
Monday, April 24 in the Cave Lounge at NDC, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, April 25 in the Atrium of Roblin Centre, 11:30am-1:00pm
For more information, please contact Breanna Sawatzky at 204-632-2061 or email@example.com
The Body Project, our student-run body image improvement program, is running at NDC on March 6th and 13th.
All female and non-binary students are welcome to register and attend.
You can read more about the upcoming program and learn how to register here.
RRC is excited to welcome two local experts on Anxiety, February 15th and 17th. Anxiety is an issue that affects many students so we’re pleased to host prominent local Psychologists who will share some helpful coping strategies. You can read more about the Anxiety Forums here.
Wednesday, January 25th is Bell Let’s Talk Day; a day to promote conversations about mental health and reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
On this day, drop by the Mental Health Coordinator’s office at AB05 (NDC) where you can chat with Breanna, pick up resources, and enjoy some tea and cookies. Yes, I did say tea and cookies. This open house will run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm is intended for staff and students.
More on Bell Let’s Talk Day
All day, Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every:
• Text message sent by Bell and Bell Aliant customers
• Mobile and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers
• Tweet and Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk
• View of the official Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Facebook
• Snap using the official Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat filter
Join the conversation on January 25th to end the stigma and grow Bell’s funding for mental health.
The Body Project is a program designed to improve body image and is open to all students.
When: January 23 & 30, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: EDC, Roblin Centre
If you’d like more information, including how to register, please read the detailed post on Mind It! or call 204-632-2061.
Over at Mind It! (our Mental Health Initiative blog), Breanna has written a piece about New Year’s resolutions, and the importance of limiting toxic self-talk in relation to these. To read more about how you can make room for mental health in your resolutions, click here. While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe!
Over at Mind it! (our Mental Health Initiative blog) Breanna has shared some information about an upcoming training opportunity for students who want to spread body positivity amongst the student body. The deadline for students to register is November 15th. Please help spread the word! You can read more here: The Body Project