U of G Shines Light on Mental Health with Week of Events


U of G’s Shine: Mental Well-being Awareness Week runs Nov. 11 to 17. The week promotes mental wellness and provides students with resources to help support their mental well-being.

“When we are mentally healthy, we are able to enjoy life and the people within it. We are able to learn and try new things and are able to better cope with the challenges that arise,” says Alison Burnett, Director of Student Wellness. “Discussing mental health is as important now as ever.  We need to continue to create opportunities and space for people to come together to talk about their mental well-being,” she adds.

The week’s events are designed to help support student mental health and include:

  • resource fair
  • movies
  • workshops
  • physical activities

See the full event listing on the Student Wellness website.

All Shine: Mental Well-being Awareness Week events are free. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. Post a picture on social media at one of these events with hashtag #WeSHINE and you could win a $25 Hospitality Services gift card.

Panel to focus on Men’s Mental Health

The week’s capstone event is the Let’s Talk Mental Health Panel on Nov. 13. The event is U of G’s first all-men’s mental health panel. Student and staff panelists will share their own experiences with mental health. The event takes place Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m in the MacNaughton Building, Room 113.

“Compared to women, men are less likely to seek out help for mental health,” says Sara Kafashan, Mental Well-Being Facilitator. “This all-men’s panel is a great way to hear stories about how men from our very own University community have sought help to navigate their mental health and wellness.”