Thrive Week0 Jan 25-30, 2021 A week-long series of events focused on helping Lakehead students, staff and faculty  explore their path to positive mental well-being and resilience #thrivelu

Thrive Week 2021

Lakehead is hosting a week-long series of events focused on helping students, staff and faculty find their path to positive mental well-being and resilience. We are excited to move this program virtually in 2021 and learn how to thrive from home.

All events are free and open to all Lakehead students, faculty and staff unless otherwise noted. 

Event Schedule

All Week

Virtual Thrive Kits

Request a Virtual Thrive Kit for a friend, classmate or colleague! Thrive Kits are anonymous care packages with positive messaging. To send one to a friend, classmate, colleague or student message their full name or email address to our Instagram (@lakeheadlife) or email it to activities.shcc@lakeheadu.ca.

Operation Thunderwolf Thrive

Each day you will have up to 3 missions to complete by 11:59 pm! Mission details will be posted on @lakeheadlife and @lakeheadosa Instagram stories. 

  • Text Missions: Answer the question sticker in our Instagram stories
  • Event Missions: Attend a Thrive week event
  •  Photo Missions: Post a photo to your Stories or Grid! Be sure to tag @lakeheadlife (DM us if your account is private)

Prizes

Those who complete a daily challenge will be entered into a draw for a gift card. You must be a student currently enrolled at Lakehead to win. Winners will be announced the next morning via Instagram. 

Thrive Spotify Playlist

We asked Student Health and Wellness staff and students for their go-to, feel-good songs. You can check out the playlist here.

Have a song suggestion? Email it to activities.shcc@lakeheadu.ca

Mindful Moment Slides
 Bring wellness into your lecture or meeting by including one or more of our mindful moment slides during Thrive Week.

Monday, January 25

Lakehead Wellness Strategy Launch

After considerable time invested in consultation, research, and plan development, the new Lakehead University Wellness Strategy has been approved and is ready for implementation. This strategy aims to enable an inclusive University, supporting the diverse and shared wellness needs of our students, faculty and staff.  

 
The Lakehead University Wellness Strategy Launch Event will take place on Monday January 25th starting at 10:00 a.m
 
Please register in advance for the Zoom Webinar:
https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1CeGf6dMQxS2kLWtRdyxIg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 
We look forward to sharing the Wellness Strategy with the University Community. 
Campus Rec Live-Stretch and Strengthen 

12:10 pm EST

Join Campus Rec instructor Nicole for a 50-minute lunchtime sweat session. Live over zoom, you can join in on this full-body workout that will help you with muscle building, flexibility, and overall mobility. 

Equipment needed: All you need is space to move around, clothes you are comfortable moving around in, a water bottle, and a device that can connect to zoom! An exercise mat is recommended for comfort but not required. 

Join here.

Aksana Music Therapy Session

3-4 pm EST

Come join our group music therapy session, led by Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, a professional in the field, for a lighthearted break from your day. There will also be some art therapy sprinkled in so please have paper and pens or crayons on hand. 

Brought to you by the LU Mental Health Peer Support Group

Join Here

Among Us Game Night with Campus Rec

4:30 pm EST

Want to connect with others from the Lakehead Community in this online game, where you and your crewmate work to prepare your spaceship for departure, while trying to discover who the imposters are? Join us for a night of Among Us!

Details: Players must have Among Us on any device capable of multiplayer. Room code will be sent through the Among Us Discord & Email prior to the game start time.
Sign Up herePlayers must complete the sign up at least 30 minutes prior to game start.
Discord Server Link

Jack Talk

7 pm EST

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.

The Talk covers the following six components:

  1. Mental health knowledge (Mental health spectrum, mental illness spectrum, signs of struggle and signs of crisis)
  2. Social determinants of mental health
  3. How to be there for yourself (the importance of self-care and self-awareness)
  4. How to be there for others (5 Golden Rules on supporting others)
  5. Community supports and how to find local resources 
  6. How to get involved in youth mental health advocacy (Jack.org's Chapters and Summit programs)

Join Here

Tuesday, January 26

Happiness Jars with Student Accessibility Services

Head to our instagram to learn how to make your very own happiness jar for 2021. 

Mindful Eating Meditation

11:30 am EST

Celebrate Mindful Eating month with Student Health and Wellness counsellor, Trudy Kergon, for a guided mindful eating meditation session via zoom. Bring your lunch or a snack of your choosing.

Mindful eating focuses on in-the-moment awareness of the food and drink you put into your body. It involves observing how the food makes you feel and the signals your body sends about taste, satisfaction, and fullness. Join here.

    Post-Concussion Mental Health Webinar

    This webinar will help teach athletes about post-concussion mental health and provide some tips for supporting your mental health following a concussion. 

    Join Here.

    Cooking Demonstration with Chef Jen Sauve and ELC

    3-4 pm EST

    Join Chef Jen Sauve as she does a live Cooking Class! Jen has a passion for taking old family favourite meals and transforming them with international flavours and flair! 
     
    Join us as Jen elevates the traditional spaghetti and meatballs into a Thai Noodle Bowl!  This easy, budget-friendly recipe will become a favourite! 
     
    Participants will receive an email with ingredients prior to the event.

    The event will be recorded and sent out to all those who register.

    Register Here

    Peer Wellness Educators- Peer Chat

    7pm EST 

    An opportunity to learn about an upcoming program being offered by the Peer Wellness Educator team- Peer Chat! Peer Chat is a great way to connect with other students to discuss experiences regarding school, stress management, and life in general! Join our event to learn more about the program and how you can become a volunteer to help benefit the wellness of the Lakehead community. 

    Wednesday, January 27

    Winter Storytelling with ISSC

    11 am-12 pm

    with Isaac Murdoch

    Register in advance for this event:
     
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
     
    EVERYONE WELCOME! 
     
    Isaac Murdoch, whose Ojibway name is Manzinapkinegego’anaabe / Bombgiizhik is from the fish clan and is from Serpent River First Nation. Isaac grew up in the traditional setting of hunting, fishing and trapping. Many of these years were spent learning from Elders in the northern regions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Isaac is well respected as a storyteller and traditional knowledge holder. For many years he has led various workshops and cultural camps that focuses on the transfer of knowledge to youth. Other areas of expertise include: traditional ojibway paint, imagery/symbolism, harvesting, medicine walks, & ceremonial knowledge, cultural camps, Anishinaabeg oral history, birch bark canoe making, birch bark scrolls, Youth & Elders workshops, etc. He has committed his life to the preservation of Anishinaabe cultural practices and has spent years learning directly from Elders.
    Students Supporting Students in Distress

    1-2:30 pm EST

    Often friends, roommates, student leaders or classmates will be the first ones to notice a concerning behaviour which may indicate a peer is having difficulty and may need help. The workshop will:

    • Outline the various levels of distress and the resources you can provide for someone in each level of distress
    • Explore some of the key guidelines on how to recognize, respond and refer someone in distress;
    • Cover available supports in various areas, both on and off-campus including Counselling and Wellness, Academic Services, Disability Services, Legal and Conduct, and Community Supports.
    Toolbox for the Career Life Tightrope

    3-5 pm EST- the presentation will end around 4:30 with a 30-minute window for Q and A.

    Today, we find ourselves feeling discouraged with uncertainty in many aspects of our lives. We have developed new routines, taken on new roles, redefined expectations and boundaries, while still trying to manage the emotional pressures of our “new” norm.  In our current situation, with increasingly demanding work and learning from home environments and without balance between self and others, stress can deplete your energy, optimism, efficiency, health, and joy – leading to burnout and mental health challenges.

    With the right tools and some practical and effective self-care skills, you have the power to greatly decrease the negative effects of stress and increase personal health, happiness, and well-being. This interactive workshop will provide simple tips, practices, and ideas on how to support your own wellbeing and ways to keep yourself and others empowered, nourished, and supported.

    This session is lead by Christina Furtado, the Mental Health and Wellness Specialist with guard.me She has spent over 25 years building awareness around mental health and wellness. Prior to becoming a mental health counsellor, Christina devoted 15 years to supporting students’ wellbeing as an educator within the k-12 sector. Christina continues to be a passionate advocate, bringing her expertise to the guard.meCARES platform through the Wellness and Learning Initiatives Program as well as getting involved in various mental health initiatives across Canada.  

    Join Here.

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    Campus Rec Live-Full Body Fitness

    4:30 pm EST

    Join Campus Rec instructor Nicole for a 50-minute sweat session to end your workday. 
    This class is a full-body cardio workout that will get your heart rate up, and your muscles burning. It will include exercises for all major muscle groups, so be ready to work hard! 
    Equipment needed: All you need is space to move around, clothes you are comfortable moving around in, a water bottle, and a device that can connect to zoom! An exercise mat is recommended for comfort but not required.   
    Join Here
    LUSU De-Stress Bingo

    7 pm EST

    Join Here

    LUSU Escape Room

    7:30 pm EST

    Spots are limited- Register Here.

    Thursday, January 28

    Bell Let's Talk Day
    WellU Resilience

    WellU Resilience is an 8 week, evidence-based course developed by Student Health and Wellness to help students’ learn to manage stress in healthy ways.

    The course features videos, slideshows, skill-building activities, resources and information to help students build resilience. Each week participants will learn about and practice a habit/skill that has been proven to increase life satisfaction, happiness and resilience, which all correlate with success and improved academic performance.

    Students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to add it to their co-curricular record.

    Please note that registration closes on January 28 but the course will not be live until January 31. 

    Mindful Eating Meditation

    9 am EST

    Celebrate Mindful Eating month with Student Health and Wellness counsellor, Trudy Kergon, for a guided mindful eating meditation session via zoom. Bring your breakfast or a snack of your choosing.

    Mindful eating focuses on in-the-moment awareness of the food and drink you put into your body. It involves observing how the food makes you feel and the signals your body sends about taste, satisfaction, and fullness. Join here

    Au Contraire Film Festival

    5:30-7 pm EST

    Join Student Health and Wellness' Peer Wellness Educators for a virtual viewing of the 2021 Au Contraire Film Festival in partnership with Bell Let's Talk Day (ACFF). Through film, ACFF engages audiences on the topic of mental health and empowers viewers to tell their own stories and access resources.

    Join here.

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    LU Mental Health Peer Support Group 

    7-8 pm EST

    Check-in with other Lakehead students and support one another. Join here.

    Friday, January 29

    Walking Meditation

    Take time to get moving and try a guided walking meditation from Student Health and Wellness Counsellor, Trudy Kergon.

    Walking Meditation

    Research shows that being outdoors can improve our physical and mental health. Dress for the weather! 

    Supporting Students in Distress (Staff and Faculty only) 

    10-11:30 am EST

    As staff and faculty, you are often the first to recognize that a student is in distress so it is important that you feel equipped to identify these behaviours and also understand how you can help.  The Supporting Students in Distress Guide and accompanying workshop outline the various levels of distress and the resources you can provide for a student in each level of distress.  We will also cover available supports in various areas, both on and off-campus including Counselling and Wellness, Academic Services, Disability Services, Legal and Conduct, and Community Supports.

    Register Here

    Mario Kart Tour Tournament w/ Campus Rec

    12 pm & 6 pm

    Join us for a Mario Kart Tour Tournament, right from your phone! Simply sign up using the link below, and you will be sent the private room code to compete against others in the Lakehead Community. Whoever races to the top will win a gift card of their choice from either Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, or Google Play/Apple Store!

    Details: Players must have Mario Kart Tour downloaded, and must have played through the tutorial in order to participate in the tournament.
    Sign Up Here. Players must complete the sign up at least 30 minutes prior to game start.
    Discord Server Link

    Mental Health Quiz w/ LUSU

    4:30pm EST

    Join Here

    Escape Room w/LUSU

    4:45pm EST

    Spots are limited- Register Here.

    Saturday, January 30

    Art and Yoga with Vik Wilen

    10 am- 12 pm EST

    Participants will begin by practicing a 45 minute guided hatha yoga class. Once the yoga glow has settled, participants will begin a 1 hour guided acrylic painting class designed by Thunder Bay artist Vik Wilen.

    The supply list will be emailed prior to the event. A recording will be sent to those registered if you are unable to make it live.

    Register Here​

    About Thrive

    Thrive is an initiative that began at UBC as a conversation between colleagues about the importance of reducing the stigma associated with mental health that has since grown into a movement celebrated at campuses across Canada, providing opportunities for important conversations about mental health to take place. The events during Thrive week work to promote mental health literacy, reduce stigma, create a supportive campus culture, and ensure that faculty, staff and students have the resources to help them understand mental health issues, and improve coping skills.

    If you are interested in collaborating with Thrive Week, contact Lindsey Wachter.

     

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    Did you attend an event or participate in a thrive event and want to share your thoughts? Use our Thrive Feedback Form.