University of Calgary

University of Calgary's Second Annual Mental Health Awareness Week

Oct. 7, 2013

The University of Calgary Students' Union Wellness Centre, along with various groups on and off campus, is taking action to raise awareness about mental health issues. The 2013 National College Health Assessment found nearly 90 per cent of university and college students across Canada reported feeling overwhelmed by stress in the last 12 months. From October 7-12, 2013, workshops and events held across the University of Calgary campus will encourage discussion about the barriers and stigma attached to mental health concerns.

Some of the highlights for this year's mental health awareness week include interactive workshops, an opening reception featuring an art show and live musicians, a film screening, an addictions photography exhibit and an interactive depression screening display.

These activities encourage open, honest discussions about mental health to help break down some barriers and stigma. They will provide practical tips and tools to encourage students to seek help, take care of themselves and reduce the stress in their lives.

WHAT:     University of Calgary's Mental Health Awareness Week              
        - Opening Reception/Art Show: live music, free food, and art        
          displays from Studio C, a local non-profit arts centre that       
          provides art programs for people with mental illnesses.           
          (Monday, October 7th, 5-7pm, Faculty of Arts Student Lounge,      
          social sciences room 102)                                         
        - Express Yourself (Art Workshop): an opportunity to engage in      
          creative arts to understand how creative arts expression can be   
          used to promote positive mental health.                           
          (Tuesday, October 8th, 1-2:15pm, Women's Resource Centre, MacEwan
          Student Centre, room 482)                                         
        - 211 Simulation: interactive training on the 211 phone line        
          Albertans can use to access information on community, health      
          government and social services programs. This is a great chance   
          for students to learn about local services and understand how they
          can use 211.                                                      
          (Friday, October 11th, 2-3pm, Women's Resource Centre, MacEwan    
          Student Centre, room 482))                                        
WHEN:     October 7 - 12, 2013. For full list of events and locations:      
WHERE:    Various Locations in - University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr.
WHO:      Wellness Centre staff will be available for interviews to discuss
          mental health supports at the University                          
          of Calgary and general trends in mental health concerns on campus.