Mental Health Awareness Week

Events, programming and important conversations!

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Feeling the winter blues? Is the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic weighing on you? You're not alone in your feelings of discomfort during these unprecedented times. In fact, more than 75% of students are currently feeling more stressed than usual. Academic challenges, difficulty concentrating and decreased social interactions are common concerns for students right now. 

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. The goal of this week is to inspire change and action, and promote access to mental health resources for everybody. 

Now more than ever it's important to talk about student mental health.

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gift cards! 

All Dalhousie and King's students can enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 gift cards (gift card options are available including DalCard, Amazon or a local Halifax business)!  Submit your information below for a chance to win! The contest will close at 5pm on Sunday, March 21.

*You must be a currently enrolled student at Dalhousie University or the University of King's College. Only one entry per student. 


Schedule of events

Monday, March 15

Mind, Body, Connect 

  • Virtual event 
  • Start time: 1pm
  • Registration required

An interactive online activity run by students in the School of Health and Human Performance. This program is designed to further knowledge about available Dalhousie Mental Health resources and leisure’s benefits on mental health. We will be hosting a virtual jeopardy and will hold a prize draw at the end for those Dalhousie students who participate.

Register for the event

Pet Show and Tell: Graduate Student Social Event 

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 4pm
  • Registration required

Do you have an animal friend that you love to show off?  Don't have a pet of your own but love seeing other's critters?  This time is dedicated to showing off our little companions, sharing pictures of them, or just swapping funny stories.  Everyone is welcomed to come and chat!

Facilitator: Sarah van der Ende (PhD Candidate | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

There will be a random draw for a Dalhousie hoodie or sweatpants at the end of this session.

Register for the event

Melda Murray Student Centre Bingo 

  • Virtual event
  • Runs until April 15
  • Registration required

MMSC Wellness Bingo is back! Students who have registered will receive a Bingo Card on March 15 with different tasks in each box designed to de-stress, promote mindfulness, and healthy habits during this busy time of year! This event is meant for all students and aims to provide concrete steps to improve their mental wellbeing. The more of the Bingo Card students complete, the more entries they get into the draw for a $150.00 Amazon Gift Card. This event runs from March 15th- April 15th to give students a good amount of time to complete as much as the card as they would like.

Register for the event

Tuesday, March 16

Laughter Yoga with Michele Graveline

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 12pm
  • Registration required

Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and brain. Studies have shown that the brain does not know the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.

Learn more and register for the event

Graduate Student Drop-in Group

  • Virtual event 
  • Start time: 12:05pm
  • Registration required

Join other graduate students for a weekly support group in navigating the unique challenges of being a graduate student. Group content will be informed by the needs of those who attend but educational components on the topic of imposter syndrome, procrastination, balancing school and life, challenges of supervision relationships, etc. will be included. This is an opportunity to connect with others and earn skills related to managing stress in various ways.

Register for this group

Upcycled Terrarium Workshop

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 2pm

Plant care is self-care! Terrariums are long-lasting and low maintenance ways to add some bright, refreshing greenery into little spaces. Especially if you use upcycled common household items such as mason jars, condiment containers... The possibilities are endless. We want to see how creative you can be! We can't wait to see your creations at the live online event. 

Join the Teams event

Eating Disorder Drop-in Group

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 5pm
  • Registration required

The Eating Disorder Drop-In Group is for students who are experiencing difficulties with eating in the form of:

  • Restriction or anorexia nervosa
  • Binging with or without purging or bulimia
  • Compulsive eating

The focus of this group is to provide a safe setting, support self-defined change and to resolve underlying feelings. Topics will be based on interests, needs and wishes of the participants on a weekly basis. This group will be facilitated by Marriam Abou-el-Haj, Psychologist with Student Health & Wellness.

To attend this group, please RSVP to m.abou-el-haj@dal.ca

International Students Sharing Circle 

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 6pm

Sometimes the best way to deal with stress is to let it out. This is a non-judgmental space where international students can feel safe to share what they are struggling with to someone who will listen. This session will not be recorded.

RSVP to the Facebook event

 

Wednesday, March 17

Laughter Yoga with Michele Graveline

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 12pm
  • Registration required

Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and brain. Studies have shown that the brain does not know the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.

Learn more and register for the event

Imposter Syndrome & Toxic Productivity Panel Discussion

  • Virtual event 
  • Start time: 12pm
  • Registration required

A panel discussion about imposter syndrome and burnout with Dr. Susan Lavoie, Student Health and Wellness and Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell, Sobey Family Child & Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology

This panel discussion will follow up with a question-and-answer period around issues of imposter syndrome, social anxiety and how to overcome it, graduate school burnout and how to prevent and manage it.

This session will be moderated by Pooyan Moradi (Ph.D. student) Friedman lab, Dep. of Medical Neuroscience, Director of Health and Medical Sciences, DAGS Co-President, FMGSS

There will be a random draw for a Dalhousie hoodie or sweatpants at the end of this session.

Register for the event

Exploring Mindfulness 

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 2pm
  • Registration is required.

Dr. Milner from the Mindfulness Centre will be leading a workshop about what is (and isn't) mindfulness, sampling of practices, review of benefits, tips for cultivating/developing mindfulness after the workshop. 

Register for the event

Axe Throwing at HaliMac with Dal After Dark 

  • In-person event 
  • Start time: 6pm
  • Registration is required

Please read the entire event description before registering.

Socializing and engaging in physical activity can positively impact mental health. DalAfterDark will be participating in Dalhousie Health Awarness Week (March 15th-March 19th) by hosting AXE THOWING at @halimacaxethrowing!! 

Join Dal After Dark and enjoy some axe throwing with your friends! We will be hosting two sessions for 25 folks each, one from 6–7pm and another from 7–8pm. There is a total of 50 spots available so be sure to register ASAP! When registering, please indicate which time session you would prefer.

Register for the event

Thursday, March 18

Laughter Yoga with Michele Graveline

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 12pm
  • Registration required

Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and brain. Studies have shown that the brain does not know the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.


Learn more and register for the event

“I’m spread too thin”: Graduate Students Mental Health Experiences at Dalhousie 

  • Virtual event 
  • Start time: 2pm
  • Registration required

Join us as we report on a survey, we did last year on graduate student mental health and on the student supervisor relationship.  We end the session for questions and comments.

Presenters: Stephen Seviour and Lynne Robinson.

There will be a random draw for a Dalhousie hoodie or sweatpants at the end of this session.

Register for the event

Coping with Change: A "New Normal" Drop-in Group

  • Virtual event 
  • Start time: 2pm
  • Registration required

Have you been feeling unsettled with all the changes 2020 has brought forward? Feeling lonely and isolated? Worried about your own health or the health of loved ones? Worried about the state of the world? Feeling overwhelmed with doing classes online?

Join Student Health & Wellness for Coping With Change: A "New Normal", a counselling group offered every Thursday from 2–3pm. Content and topics will vary from week to week due to drop-in nature of the group. As this is a drop-in group, once you have registered for the group, you may access it whenever you are able to. Weekly participation is not necessary. Come learn some additional coping strategies without having to leave your own home! 

Register for this group

Make Your Own Self Care Kit 

  • Residence event 
  • Start time: 5:30pm

Come on down to the lobby of your residence buildings and make your own self-care kit! We will have a variety of supplies for you to choose from including resources from Student Health & Wellness, mental health workbooks, journals, play-dough, face masks, snacks, fidget toys, coloring pages and coloring pencils, hand creams and more!

DMCRT Mental Health Week Origami 

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 7pm
  • Registration required

Come join DMCRT over zoom and make cute, beautiful and interesting origamis with different levels of challenge. Please register for the event taking place at 7 pm on March 18th. Zoom link will be sent through email closer to the event.

Register for the event

 

Friday, March 19

Naloxone & Opioid Overdose Response Training

  • Virtual event 
  • Start time: 12pm
  • Registration required

Student Health and Wellness in partnership with Nova Scotia Health Authority Take Home Naloxone Program is hosting an open training workshop for Naloxone and Opioid Overdose response. This one-hour training workshop aims to further educate participants in harm reduction and Naloxone/Narcan Opioid Overdose Response in accordance with the Nova Scotia Health Authority Take Home Naloxone Program.

Register for the event 

Tips and Tricks for Sleep Hygiene: Student Edition 

  • Virtual event 
  • Start time: 1pm
  • Registration required 

Join us for an informative presentation on healthy sleep habits and good tips and tricks on how to feel more rested after a good night's sleep!

Register for the event

Virtual Pictionary with Dal After Dark 

  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 4pm 
  • Registration required 

Back by popular demand!! Can you truly guess anything?!? Join Dal After Dark to play a game of Virtual Pictionary! There will be a $25 Cash Prize for the winner!

Register for the event

Rage Room with Dal After Dark 

  • In-person event 
  • Start time: 5pm
  • Registration required

Please read the entire description before you register. 

Let it out by smashing things! Join Dal After Dark for Rage at Rage Room Halifax (2820 Isvleville Street). Rage rooms are unique alternative stress relief technique. 

Sign up to participate in one of the 16 rage room sessions being offered on Friday, March 19th, 2021. Time slots are available from 5–8:30pm. 

When registering, include the Rage Room Number and time that you would like to attend. For example, “Rage Room 9 at 7pm”. You can only participate in one Rage Room. You will receive a confirmation from Dal After Dark. You can register using this form

Dal After Dark will not be providing transportation to the event venue. We recommend you organize your transportation and arrive at Rage Room Halifax 10 minutes before your scheduled time. 

Do not forgot to wear a mask and bring your student ID. This events is only open to Dalhousie and King’s students.

Register for the event

 

Saturday, March 20

Rock Painting with DMCRT 

  • Virtual and in-person event (residence lobbies)
  • Start time: 3pm 
  • Registration required 

This will be a virtual and in person event. Residents will be able to paint rocks with an RA and virtually with members of the DMCRT. Once rocks are painted with positive affirmations, they will be placed in base of plant for residence. 

Register for the event 

Sunday, March 21

Wellness Walk with Dogs 

  • In-person event (Point Pleasant)
  • Start time: 2pm 
  • Registration required 

Join us for a beautiful walk with dogs at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax at 2 pm. Please bring a mask and we will be following government guidelines.

Register for the event

Monday, March 22

Faculty and staff event – Being allies & healing together: Understanding student experiences to create supportive learning environments 

  • Faculty and staff event
  • Virtual event
  • Start time: 11:30am 
  • Registration required

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, on Monday March 22 at 11:30am AST Faculty and staff are invited to join in learning more about the student experiences during this virtual year. How can we better understand the motivations and stressors behind communications and requests? This closed student panel will give faculty and staff an opportunity to learn more about what is it like to be a student right now, and explore ways in which students have felt supported, and those areas where they need more support in their academic journey.

Register for the event (faculty and staff only)


Follow along on social media! 

Contests and events will be shared through social media by all the partners that helped make this year's Mental Health Awareness Week happen!

Resources by Dal students

To help support their peers, Dal students have created resources aimed at supporting mental health and wellbeing.

  • My Mental Health Workbook
    This workbook provides students with resources to create their own self-care plan, tips to strengthen mental well-being, and supports available. ​
  • Leisure and Mental Health 
    A guide on how to use leisure time to improve your mental health. This guide includes ideas to leisure and mindfulness activities and resources available to you as a Dal or King's student.

A special note for instructors

Recent survey results tell us that almost 75% of Dalhousie students are feeling more stress than usual at this time. Many things are contributing to this increased stress,including academic demands, social isolation, winter blues and continued uncertainity of the Covid-19 pandemic. A healthy campus community requires a holistic approach. 

We know that students value and appreciate the perspectives and support of their course instructors and teaching assistants, now more than ever. 

We are asking Dalhousie faculty and staff to help us spread the word on this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, and if possible, to consider building out a bit of time with your students to talk about mental health. You can mention it during your online courses or post it in your BrightSpace. 

We also encourage you to attend Being allies & healing together: Understanding student experiences to create supportive learning environments, a student panel that aims to give faculty and staff an opportunity to learn more about what is it like to be a student right now, and explore ways in which students have felt supported, and those areas where they need more support in their academic journey.

No matter how you choose to communicate or share, we appreciate your support and participation in any form that you feel comfortable taking!