Mental Health Awareness Week Events
Mental and emotional health
Mental wellness or mental health or emotional health or wellbeing. Whatever you call it it’s just as important as physical health.
What is the difference between sadness, grief and depression?
Sadness is a natural response to an emotionally painful experience which naturally resolves over time. They do not usually disrupt everyday life in a significant way.
Grief is a natural but more intense emotional response to loss which typically resolves over time. It can have a disruptive effect on the lives of the grief stricken but does not lower self-esteem or have the same chronicity of symptoms that depresion may have.
Depression is not just feeling unhappy. It encompasses feelings of discouragement and loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities and pastimes that persists for over two weeks. It distorts the way people view themselves , others and the future and leaves them with feelings of worthlessness, serious thoughts about suicide, severe sleep disturbances and marked agitation. If you are experiencing depressive symtoms seek professional help (i.e. doctor, counsellor).
- Learn more about how you can deal with emotions caused by depression, the death of a loved one, a break up, cultures shock or traumatic events.
What's the different between worry, anxiety and panic?
Anxiety is a normal response to stress experienced by everyone. In its milder form, anxiety can energize and motivate you and its more extreme form, anxiety prepares you for action. However, anxiety becomes problematic when it is too intense , persists and interferes with life.
Worry is the cognitive or thinking part of anxiety. It is made up of fearful thoughts about things that could happen, have happened or are happening. Constructive behaviour may come from or be the result of worry but it can become problematic when repetitive thoughts about an actual or potential problem are not focused on understanding and finding a solution for a problem or if the problem has no solution.
Panic is essentially an extension of fear, but in an extreme form and can be experienced in the context of a panic attack. A particularly frustrating aspect of panic attacks is the fact that they occur in familiar settings, and in situations that do not involve real danger.
- Learn more about anxiety (including exam and social anxiety), worry and panic and about strategies on how to overcome them.
For most people, seeking a balance between the emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual elements of life leaves them happier, more fulfilled and better prepared to meet life’s challenges.
With a lack of balance in life, stress is the most common result. While stress is necessary for normal human functioning, stress that is too intense or prolonged can be destructive.
- Learn more stress and strategies you can use to achieve more balance in your life.
A close relationship with a friend, family member or an intimate partner can bring a sense of security, enjoyment and fulfillment. At the same time, no relationship is perfect. Everyone experiences conflict and feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction at some time or another.
- learn more about common features of healthy relationships and strategies you can use to foster a healthy relationship
Having healthy self-esteeem by seeing yourself in an accurate way and valuing your strengths and accepting your limitations will allow you to motivate yourself and believe you are capable of coping with life's challenges.
Having healthy self-esteem doesn't mean a person doesn't acknowledge there is room for self-improvement. Having a clear understanding of who you are and setting goals that are reallistic and relevant to you in consideration of such things as personal preferences, values, and beliefs will put you in a strengthened position to cope with life's stressors and create a satisfying life.
- learn more about self-esteem, setting goals and other tips on self-improvement
Eat right! A nutritious diet provides many benefits, including increased energy, maintenance of a healthy body weight, confidence, and prevention of chronic disease.
- Learn about fad diets, vegetarianism, energy drinks, body image and more.
Get proactive! Learn how to best avoid, cope or get get rid of common health issues. Even seemingly small health concerns can take a toll on your overall health.
- Learn about backcare, headaches, tatoo aftercare, sleep/insomnia, cold/flu and more.
Drugs and alcohol
Did you know... Almost 50% of the student body have 5 or fewer drinks when they party.
Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is a confidential, non-judgmental assessment of your alcohol use and takes 20 minutes to complete.
What's Your Cap is a student-run group that focuses on raising awareness and knowledge of the risks involved with over consumption of alcohol. WYC encourages moderation and control, not abstinence. Yearly research measures student behaviors and awareness efforts.
Drugs and smoking
Did you know... Marijuana smoke contains 50% -70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke.
- Learn why marijuana and hookah may not be as harmless as you thought or how to stay safe when alcohol is involoved.
Did you know... 74% of U of S students reported having one or more partners in the last school year. Of those students sexually active, 58 % of U of S students report using a condom the last time they had sex
STI's (Sexually transmitted diseases)
The good news: Most STIs can be cured and others can be controlled.
The bad news: Some, like HIV, can kill you.
Find out if you are at risk and when and where you can get tested.
As a student, there are many factors to be considered when choosing a method that is right for you including costs, effectiveness, advantages and disadvantages.
Dimensions of Wellness
Creating a balance between the 8 different dimensions of your health (physical, spiritual, social, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual and occupational) will leave you healthier and happier.
Use the self-assessment tool to reflect on your personal wellness and determine if there are areas you may need to improve in order to achieve more balance in your life.
Health and Counselling Services
Sometimes you may realize you need a little help staying healthy. Balancing the demands of university and staying well in the process is no small feat.
Pay attention to how you are doing at university and watch out for potential signs of trouble, including the following:
- Poor or dropping grades; missed assignments and exams; performing below potential
- Skipping many classes
- Excessive use of drugs or alcohol; problem gambling
- Persistently low mood; poor motivation
- Difficulty relaxing; continually feeling overwhelmed, worried or anxious
- Relationship difficulties
- Difficulties with sleep or appetite