Between assignments, jobs, extracurriculars, and the slew of other commitments students face, mental health often takes a back seat. This semester, a new initiative at Brock called Thrive Week has been started to put a spotlight on mental health, with a variety of educational workshops, relaxation sessions, and fun events taking place across campus.

Thrive Week will be running from January 29th to February 4th, and the event schedule can be found at this link.

Arts and Crafts

Creativity can be a wonderful outlet for stress. On Tuesday there will be two art-based events: “Relaxation through Art” which runs from 10:30-11:30 (ST400), and the “Sock Owl Workshop” which runs from 11-1pm (Isaac’s Lounge). On Wednesday, there will be an event where you can paint a #ConvoPlate, which will then be given out to raise awareness about mental health services. This event will be running from 5-6pm in Isaac’s Lounge.

Games and Sports

Physical activity is an essential component of mental wellness, so there will be several events offered during Thrive Week that focus on improving wellness through physical activity and games. On Wednesday, an event will be offered by the Brock University Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) where students can participate in a variety of fun competitions against several of Brock’s varsity teams. This event will be running from 4-6pm in the Bob Davis gym. On Thursday, stop by the pool between 1 and 3pm for an open swim session, and on Friday, the Kenmore Centre will be open between 2:30 and 4:30 for students to drop in to use the ping-pong table and consoles and play various boardgames.

Educational Events and Workshops

There are several workshops and events running throughout the week that are intended to provide strategies for handling mental health concerns. There will be a Mindfulness Workshop Tuesday at 1pm (MCD302) and Thursday at 1pm (Isaac’s Lounge) to learn the mindfulness meditation practise, and there will also be a session called “Ask the Doc” taking place on Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30pm (Sean O’Sullivan) and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30pm (Sean O’Sullivan). There will also be a HUB Outreach event running on Thursday from 1 to 3pm (the Hub) where students can meet with a social worker to discuss any mental health topic.

Speak Out Night

Any struggle with mental health can be an isolating experience. Speak Out Night is an event based on creating a supportive community by having speakers share their experiences with mental health and accessing support, and representatives from different groups across campus will be available to discuss how to access mental health resources on campus. Speak Out Night will be running at Isaac’s Bar and Grill on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm.

While these are some of events offered for Thrive Week, there are many others taking place, so check out the full schedule here. There are supports on campus for students experiencing any mental health concerns, including free personal counseling and mental health support at Student Health Services.

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