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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Saturday, March 12 – Saturday, March 19

Inspiring change, action and awareness around mental health at Dal

Initiated in 2020, Mental Health Awareness Week at Dal is an annual event that aims to bring together the university community to raise awareness on mental health and the resources available to support students. Through various events and programming, students can engage with each other, faculty and staff to share their experiences and hear from others.

Attend events and win prizes! 

Each day, a winner will be selected to win various prizes! To enter, all you have to do is attend one of the events happening that day. Check out the list of events below. 

Events 

Ongoing events

Saturday, March 12

Attend events on this day and be entered to win a  $100 Atlantic Superstore gift card!

Sunday, March 13

Attend events on this day and be entered to win a $100 Ikea gift card!

Monday, March 14
Theme: Sleep

Attend events on this day and be entered to win a weighted or heated blanket!

Tuesday, March 15
Theme: Substance Use

Attend events on this day and be entered to win Out of the Cold Harm Reduction merch!

Wednesday, March 16
Theme: Sense of Belonging

Attend events on this day and be entered to win a Pop-up Halifax book ($30) or a Hand Drawn Halifax book ($25)!

Thursday, March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
Theme: Nourish Yourself

Attend events on this day and be entered to win a Food Box from DSU Market ($12) and Hello Fresh 1 Week Subscription!

Friday, March 18 
Theme: Self-Care

Attend events on this day and be entered to win a light therapy lamp & essential oil diffuser!

Saturday, March 19
Theme: Movement

Attend events on this day and be entered to win a Dalplex prize pack including a $100 Cleves Source for Sport gift card!

Learn more about mental health and mental illness

What is mental health?
Mental Health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Good mental health is a state of well-being where a person can cope with everyday stressors while contributing meaningfully to their community. Many systemic factors contribute to good mental health, such as getting out in nature or being physically active, getting enough sleep, and connecting with others. Other factors can diminish mental health, such as experiencing discrimination, lack of access to social supports, and food and housing insecurity.

What is mental illness?
A mental illness is a medical diagnosis, just like heart disease. It involves changes in thinking, mood, and behaviour (or a combination of all three). Mental illness is associated with distress or problems functioning in daily activities and may appear in different forms such as substance use disorders, schizophrenia, and depression. Mental illness is common and treatable. 

Mental health vs mental illness
Although some may use these words interchangeably, they have different meanings and should be viewed differently. A person can experience good or poor mental health whether or not they have a diagnosed mental illness. It is possible for someone with a mental illness to experience good mental health and someone without a mental illness to experience poor mental health.