At the Student Success Centre, we understand that receiving a university education can be a stressful experience for many students. So, throughout the year we run many events to help improve the overall mental health of the student population by both offering stress relief activities and teaching students healthy ways of coping with stress and anxiety.
World Gratitude Day (September 21st)
We honor this important date with a multi-faceted event that encourages everyone to give gratitude in many fun and creative ways. Celebrated on September 21st each year.
World Gratitude Day | Thursday, September 21st, 2017 10am – 3pm | UCA Atrium
Taking the time for gratitude, appreciation, and positive reflection of all the good in our lives can positively impact our well-being.
What are you grateful for? Share your thoughts and enter a draw for a chance to win a gratitude bag!
Help us spread gratitude! Take a picture with a message of thanks for another chance to win! World Gratitude Day #uleth
Practice Gratitude with yoga and mindfulness activities lead by Heather and Andrew from 11am – 1pm. Get another entry for the draw by participating!
Winners will be drawn after 3pm on Thursday and can pick up their prize in the Student Success Centre.
World Mental Health Day/Light Up Purple (October 10th)
On this day, supporters gather to create more awareness and attention towards mental health. There continues to be an increasing need to provide information on coping strategies and information for emotional wellness. The Light Up Purple campaign was created in honor of Amanda Todd and her memory. Faculty, Staff, and Students are encouraged to wear purple to show solidarity and help us recognize and promote more awareness about mental health, mental illness and mental wellness on campus. The Student Success Centre will host a table in the UCA Atrium from 10am-3pm with mental health resources and activities for students. Staff and Faculty are also welcome to stop by.
Other ways to get involved:
- talk to your family, friends, and colleagues about mental health issues
- discuss World Mental Health day in class and with your students
- take a selfie or group photo with your purple attire and post to social media with #lightuppurple OR #worldmentalhealthday AND #uleth
- get informed about the available mental health resources on campus and in the community
- stop or drive by Lethbridge City Hall: the building will be lit up with purple lights to show support
- consider taking a mental health training workshop and encourage others to join you
Sleep Well, Dream Big (November 8th)
A good night's sleep prepares you for the challenges of your day and the stresses that accompany everyday student life. We invite you to share your dreams for the future - what do you hope to accomplish? Share your dreams with us and enter for a chance to win prizes to keep you calm, relaxed, and help you sleep.
In partnership with the ULSU, we bring you an opportunity to sip a complimentary hot beverage while enjoying board games or colouring. Calm Cafes are offered once per semester, typically for three consecutive days.
At the Stress-less Fest, we engage students in fun stress-reducing activites, such as building your own stress ball and stomping on bubble wrap. This event occurs before final exam period in Fall semester. Watch for dates and details!
Self-Care kit giveaways
We want to remind students that self-care and compassion are imperative to their success as students and in life. Once per semester we will be out and about on campus giving away some self-care kits to inspire you. Watch for us!
Sometimes referred to as the "saddest day of the year", we honor Blue Monday with a one day random acts of kindness extravaganza. Watch for opportunities to participate on the third Monday of January.
Every year during the month of April, we give students a unique oppurtunity to blow off some steam. Students can come out to relieve end-of-term stress by smashing a car donated by Useable Used Auto Parts Ltd. All safety gear is included, please wear closed-toe shoes.