Refresh Sleep

Event Date: 
Sunday, February 6, 2022 - 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Email Based

The Refresh Sleep program aims to provide Lakehead students, staff and faculty with the skills and strategies to achieve more restful nights.

When you join the Refresh Sleep program, you will receive a weekly email for eight weeks that has an attached PDF with important information and tips that have been proven to help improve sleep. It is encouraged to spend at least thirty minutes per week with the program information. The materials include information about:

  • The physiology of sleep
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Relaxation training
  • Mindfulness training
  • Cognitive strategies
  • Keeping sleep logs

Please note that you will not receive your first email until February 6, 2021

What's Your Big Lie?

Event Date: 
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom

What’s Your Big Lie? is a breakthrough mental health program based on the premise that each of us is living a big lie — and that it’s okay.

We define a big lie as, “something immense that we hide from the world even though it defines us.” Often it’s the source of the anxiety, worthlessness, hopelessness and pain that we carry around every day. Extensive research shows that when we feel like we are living a lie, we are far more prone to clinical depression, less able to exercise rational thought and have a much harder time paying attention. Our brains go into a sustained state of panic as we wear a mask every day on social media, at home, at work, and within our relationships.

So, what if we shared these lies with those around us? Well, it would change a lot.

Using phones and an anonymous platform, audiences submit their big lies and other insecurities secretly. Their responses are filtered immediately and projected to the audience. Participants then respond back to the submissions verbally – not knowing who it came from – offering messages of affirmation and hope, leading into a discussion about how we can build resilience and better support each other. 

Check out all Thrive Week events at lakeheadu.ca/thrive

Au Contraire Film Festival

Event Date: 
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 8:00am EST to Friday, January 28, 2022 - 8:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online

 

The Au Contraire Film Festival strives to erase the stigma and dispel the myths surrounding mental illness. In partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the ACFF is a signature initiative of Urban Pardes, a registered charity benefiting mental health initiatives. The ACFF is proud to associate and be the film source for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign.

Before You Watch the Films

Watching these films might trigger some different or upsetting thoughts and feelings.

  • If they do, talk with a supportive resource, be they a friend, a relative or a professional. Do not feel shy about pausing or turning off the film.
  • Feel free to reach out- book an appointment with a counsellor at Student Health and Wellness, call or text Good2Talk or if you need immediate support, reach out to crisis response in your area.
  • If you’re watching in a group setting, be supportive and attentive of those who are openly expressing their experiences. You might be learning something about yourself or a family member.

Watch this year's films here- https://bellletstalk.acff.ca/

Focus On Wellness Photography Contest

Event Date: 
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 9:00am EST to Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online

Offered in collaboration with Human Resources

This Thrive Week, we are challenging you to submit a photo of your favourite wellness activity and we are ready to give away a prize to those who show us how they are taking care of themselves. Whether it's walking, meditating, painting, cooking, pet therapy, etc. we want to see how you practice wellness! Submissions may be shared to inspire other members of the Lakehead community to practice wellness in their own lives.

Contest and Submission Details:

  • Open to Lakehead students, staff and faculty with a prize for the best student and for the best staff/faculty submission. 
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 28 at 12 pm.
  • One photo submission per person 
  • Amateur photos only

The winner will be decided by judges from Student Health and Wellness and will be contacted via email. 

Photos can be submitted via this google form.

JackBox Game Night w/LUSU

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 7:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom

Join us for one hour of fun and excitement as we play Jackbox games. Get ready to put your skills to the test through fun and engaging games! 

Youtube Yoga Session with LUSU

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 7:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom

Join us for one hour of relaxation by taking part in our YouTube yoga session. We will be playing a beginner's yoga session, so come ready to relax, unwind, and get your body moving!

Create Your Own Self-Care Plan

Event Date: 
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom

Offered by Student Health and Wellness counsellor Alexa Hiebert. Within this workshop, students will be guided through the process of evaluating their current coping strategies, learning about the various categories of self-care, and developing a plan to better support themselves when faced with isolation, loneliness, life transitions and stress. This workshop is interactive and will allow for students to share their self-care ideas with other students. 

Jack Talk Mental Health Seminar

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom

Hosted by the LU Mental Health Peer Support Club

Jack Talks are mental health presentations delivered by young people to young people. Trained and certified youth speakers use the power of personal stories and mental health education to inspire, engage, educate, and equip young people to look out for themselves and their peers.

Peer Chat- Wellness For Students, By Students

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom
Have you ever wished that you could fast forward to the end of university so you could know now what you will in the future? Here's your chance to learn about the triumphs and obstacles current 4th year Lakehead University students have faced and gain valuable knowledge about how they approached their student experiences. Think of this as your wellness cheat sheet!
 
The focus of this event will be on student health and wellness. We will be sharing first-hand student experiences around mental and physical wellbeing to help students new and returning gain insight into new methods to taking care of themselves. 
 
You'll also have the opportunity to raise questions and ask for advice in the classic Peer Chat format by joining a discussion made for students, by students.

Art Therapy

Event Date: 
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom
Feeling overwhelmed? Need a way to help relieve your anxiety or depression during this time? 
Have you thought about Art Therapy? Art what now?
Come and experience art therapy virtually using Canva and some art projects that may help ease your anxiety, become mindful, and just take a break for an hour.
In this one-hour session, you will learn a little about art therapy, and how it may help ease symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety led by Tamara Reynolds who is a registered art therapist and psychotherapist, and owner of North Superior Art Therapy Services.
Art supplies are not required for this session, only access to a website called Canva. I will lead you through a couple of art projects you can create and print off and we will do one during the last 20 minutes of the session. You may feel free to share your art project with the other participants however, it is not necessary to partake in this one-hour workshop. I hope to see you there! 

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