As Canadians participate in mental health initiatives across the country next week, Brock University will host its third annual Mental Health Week with a full slate of on-campus activities.
From a mindfulness presentation on Monday, May 7 to the Wellness Walk and Barbecue on Friday, May 11, the week aims to encourage discussion about mental health provide information about available support services.
Trevor Hall, Brock’s Acting Health Management Consultant, said he’s hoping participants finish the week with a better understanding of their own mental health.
“It’s a great reminder of the importance of maintaining balance in one’s life, managing life’s highs and lows, and reducing the stigma associated with mental health,” he said.
Brock faculty and staff can register to take part in the events running from Monday to Thursday. All members of the Brock community are welcome at the walk and barbecue on Friday and are encouraged to wear green in support of mental health awareness.
“We hope to see lots of green across campus, because mental health is something that affects everyone,” said Hall.
May 7 also marks the launch of an online initiative from Brock’s Employee and Family Assistance Provider, Morneau Shepell. The initiative is a microsite called “mental health across generations” that focuses on four generations and their relationship with mental health. The site explores unique features specific to each generation, challenges each generation faces, common mental health concerns and more.
Brock University Mental Health Week events:
Monday, May 7 — Mindfulness Workshop
Explore the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness — living in the present moment, being aware and accepting of one’s thoughts and feelings — and how it can positively impact one’s mental health.
Tuesday, May 8 — Yoga for Everyone
Learn the basics and benefits of yoga in Brock’s fitness studio from noon to 1 p.m. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and may bring their own yoga mat.
Wednesday, May 9 — Smoothie Workshop
Led by a holistic nutritionist, this interactive workshop will feature smoothie sampling and recipes that will help participants feel energized.
Thursday, May 10 — Essential Oils 101
Learn how essential oils can support health and wellness goals. Participants will make an energy roller to take home with them.
Friday, May 11 — Wellness Walk and Fundraising Barbecue
Enjoy a 30-minute wellness walk, weather permitting, beginning at 11:15 a.m. in Jubilee Court. The walk will also end in Jubilee Court, where a barbeque will be held until 1 p.m. in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Niagara branch (CMHA Niagara). Registration is not required. Participants are asked to wear green in support of mental health awareness. The barbeque will include a choice of a hamburger, hotdog or veggie burger, served with kettle chips and pop or water for $10. The combo includes a $3 donation to CMHA Niagara to help enhance local resources. Additional donations are also welcome.
To register for the May 7 to May 10 events, visit the Focus on Learning website.