All Things Mental Health! Fantastic Resources and Where to Find Them

Rachel Malevich - President
Posted on: January 28, 2017

Hey readers! Last week, we all had the opportunity to support mental health initiatives across Canada as part of the Bell Let’s Talk day on January 25th. Following this, I’ve decided to dedicate my article this week to informing you about some of the mental health resources available on campus.

The Engineering Society has a very dedicated group of Mental Health Awareness (MHA) Directors this term. They work hard to make sure there’s time dedicated every week to mental health awareness events, resources, and talking about mental health. On Tuesday, January 31st from 4:30 – 7:30 pm in POETS, the Mental Health Awareness Directors will be hosting Let’s Talk Mental Health. This event provides an open and safe place to talk about your own mental health stories and discuss coping methods. Even if you’re not ready to share your story, you’re welcome to come listen. February 14th and March 14th will also be Let’s Talk days in case you can’t make it on Tuesday!

The MHA Directors will also be bringing back Post-Secret this term starting on Tuesday, January 31st. What’s Post-Secret? Glad you asked! Think post-it notes, and anonymous secrets. The MHA Directors will be posting a large piece of paper around POETS where students can add their anonymous messages. If you’d like to share more than a short message, we’re also continuing our Mental Health blog this term! If you’re interested in sharing your story openly or anonymously, send an email to engsocmha@gmail.com. You can check out the blog at https://medium.com/mental-health-uwaterloo.

In addition to offering opportunities for students to talk about their coping strategies and stories, EngSoc also offers several events focused on de-stressing. On Tuesday nights from 4:30 – 7:30 pm when Let’s Talk isn’t taking place, the MHA Directors invite you to play boardgames, make stress balls, speed-friend, and try out karate!

If you read my article last week, you’ll know that this term, EngSoc has partnered with UW MATES (a peer mentoring resource for mental health and stress related issues). If you follow the link http://www.feds.ca/uw-mates/ you can sign up for an appointment. If you specify that you’d like to speak to an engineering volunteer, the coordinators will do their best to accommodate you!

In addition to the resources offered through the Engineering Society, there are plenty of other great resources available on the EngSoc website under Resources > Mental Health. Engineering Counseling is also a fantastic resource and it’s available right here in CPH on the first floor.

For those of you struggling with some mental health related issues right now, you don’t need to do it alone.