Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

03/10/2022 – 06/10/2022

“Now, more than ever, Canadians understand that there is one no health without mental health. As we all navigate these challenging times by adjusting our behaviors, attitudes, lifestyles and social interactions, we want to recognize and celebrate the movement we’ve made as a society in prioritizing mental health.” – Canadian Alliance for mental illness and mental health

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open Canadians’ eyes to the reality of mental illness. MIAW takes place in October 2 8thwith Algonquin College’s program running in October 36. The theme for 2022 is: “No health without mental health”.

Participate, learn more about mental illness, and discover resources and support. You can also join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #MIAW22.

Click on the event titles below to register.

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Monday October 3rd

Midday yoga (12:05-12:50): During this time, it is important to take care of your mental and physical health. Join this free yoga session to relieve stress and anxiety. Open to students and employees. Attend virtually or in the Spiritual Center (Room E211, 2nd Floor, Student Commons).

AC Mood Walks (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.): JOin consulting services for a mood walk, rain or shine! Mood Walks are a great opportunity to explore your community, meet new friends, and begin your journey to wellness.

Tuesday October 4th

AC Purple Couch (10:30am-12:00pm): Visit the Nawapon (1st floor, Student Commons) to secure a spot on the AC Purple Couch and speak your mind. Chat with the person next to you, trained student leaders, or mental health professionals.

Sisters in Spirit (10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.): Attend a lecture by Grandmother Isabelle Meawasige of Serpent River First Nation at Nawapon (1st Floor, C Building)! She will speak about the problem of human trafficking of young indigenous women and girls.

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Wednesday October 5th

Wellness Wednesday (10:00-11:00 a.m.): Visit the Bio Wall on the 1st floor of the ACCE building for a wellness activity with consultation services!

Craft & Chat – Perth Campus (11am-12pm): Perth students visit Craft & Chat to meet new people, engage in fun art activities and even play games like Pictionary with your fellow students. You can attend in person (room 103) or via Zoom!

Health & Resilience 101 (1:00-2:00 p.m.): Virtually join the Health Service to learn how to build the mental resilience and physical strength needed to make this semester a success!

Mental Health 360° – Adopting Plants (13:00-15:00): Did you know that having a plant in your living space can improve your mood, improve air quality, and reduce stress while making your space cozier and more welcoming? Head over to the AC Hub (2nd floor, Student Commons) to ‘adopt’ your new plant beast!

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Thursday October 6th

World Mental Health Day Conference (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.): This virtual interactive event features activities, exciting prizes and dynamic expert speakers on topics such as resilience, substance use, exercise, managing stress and burnout, internalized stigma and more!

Welcome to the health service (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Get to know Health Services at this virtual event! You’ll learn how to access their services, what they offer, what coverage they accept, and even how to get health advice!

Presented by the Studierendenwerk.