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Groups and Initiatives

If you are in need of a community that can relate to what you're going through, or if you would like to be a support to others, Student Life has opportunities that you can get involved with. Work with your peers and follow the lead of our professional Mental Health Counsellors to get help.

Campus Connected

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Listen, care, help

Join the movement. Register below for a Campus Connected session.

What is it?

  • A movement to connect the people who make up our campus.
  • An attitude of caring and kindness.
  • Listening with empathy and without judgement.

Who is it for?

Students, faculty, staff and community.

How can I join the movement?

  • Click here and attend a Campus Connected session.
  • Display the Campus Connected symbol (see the following examples).
  • Be available to listen, care and help others.

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What does displaying a symbol of Campus Connected mean?

It means that the person displaying it:

  • Cares about you.
  • Will listen to you.
  • Will try to help you.

What is it not?

It is not professional counselling support for distressing and crisis situations. In these situations, refer to professionals (details about how and where to refer are in Campus Connected sessions). 

Why is Campus Connected important?

Lack of social connection is a common theme that contributes to challenges experienced by university students. Students in need of connection feel profound loneliness, isolation, shame and fear of being judged negatively. Similarly, lack of connection also contributes to staff and faculty’s compromised well-being.

How would I benefit from becoming involved with Campus Connected?

Supporting others benefits the helper. Voluntarily giving help to others protects our overall physiological health and emotional well-being.

 Click here to register

Mood Walks

All are welcome to join Mood Walks: weekly walks that combine nature and physical activity to benefit both physical and mental health.

Research shows that spending time in nature decreases stress, lifts our mood, boosts energy and productivity, and increases focus and creativity. Mood Walks is a weekly drop-in walking group. Come on your own or bring a friend. Get moving! Get grounded! Get lifted!

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

Mood Walks is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association. You can learn more about Mood Walks on their site.

North campus walks take place every Wednesday at noon. The meeting place is the Gate to the Future (between the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre and ACE).

Email studentlifeline@uoit.ca with any questions.

Support groups

Note that each group will only run if sufficient interest is demonstrated. If you would like to participate in one or more groups, please click the respective button and fill out the interest form.

Beyond 13 Reasons Why Discussion Group

Let's talk about one of the most controversial shows on television! Join the Beyond 13 Reasons Why group as we discuss topics related to bullying, guilt, sexual abuse and suicide.

I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING THE BEYOND 13 REASONS WHY DISCUSSION GROUP


Facing our Fears

This group offers a supportive environment to address feelings of anxiety, worry and overwhelm. It will focus on building tools and strategies for calming stressful thoughts and situations as they arise and building greater resilience in order to face life’s challenges.

I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING THE MINDFULNESS AND FACING OUR FEARS SUPPORT GROUP

Skills for Healthy Relationships

This group will help in developing communication and interpersonal skills to help improve relationships and mood. Learn about attachment styles, how to manage conflicts, and what to avoid to promote healthy relationships. It is also helpful for students living with anxiety and depressive symptoms.

I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING THE SKILLS FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS SUPPORT GROUP


Mindfulness and Self-compassion

This group will help students develop mindfulness-based skills that assist with stress management, anxiety and overall emotional balance. Students will also learn strategies that promote compassionate self-awareness.

I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING THE MINDFULNESS AND SELF-COMPASSION SUPPORT GROUP


Young Fathers' Support Group

Becoming a father is one of the most powerful psychological changes in man’s life. If you are a young father, expecting father, in the role of a father, or a non-custodial father, we would like to invite you to the Young Fathers’ Support Group.

Fathers are profoundly important in the lives of their children. We will explore many areas that young men contend with including:
- becoming a father--emotional transition to fatherhood
- responsible fatherhood and co-parenting
- the role of fathers in childhood development
- parenting styles
- impacts of mother-father relationship on their children.

I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING THE YOUNG FATHERS' SUPPORT GROUP


If you have any questions, please call the Student LifeLine at 905.721.3392 or email studentlifeline@uoit.ca
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