Thanks to all who donated to the Great Lakes Geographers and our Mother’s Day Walk Against Ovarian Cancer. As a team we raised $1208. The Event as a whole raised over $185,000.
A few summer resources:
Friday Zumba at UWO with Angelica
Some of you may already know that Angelica, our friendly front office Undergrad Administrator, is a wonderful Zumba instructor and offers a class every Friday at 12:00 Noon from now until the end of June.
The class takes place in Thames Hall, Room 4185. I know a few people have been going from the department and really enjoying it, so feel free to join. For more information you contact the always friendly Agelica Lucaci by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or just pop into her office.
Tuesday Meditation (and other Classes) at UWO
Among other great resources, the UWO Student Development Centre provides a Mindfulness and Meditation class every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. The class is drop-in and free, you just wait around the elevators out front of SDC (fourth floor of Western Student Services building) before 10:00 and the instructor takes the group into the meditation room.
See the full schedule of SDC Summer Services HERE.
Local CMHA Training Opportunities
The Canadian Mental Health Association London-Middlesex Branch also has some great summer services. One of them is THIS Mental Health First Aid Basic Course. Now unfortunately it costs 150 bucks, but it might be a worthy investment for those hoping to go into the education sector.
Along the same lines, but a little different, the CMHA also offers THIS Family Psycho-Education Course aimed at helping family members who have come into a caregiver role deal with, and better understand, the stress that can come with these new identities.
Giving Blood is Cool
So usually National blood Donor Week is sometime in June, generally there will be donation stations set-up around campus. As a heads up you could sign up for updates from Canadian Blood Services HERE.
If you are on the mailing list you will get plenty of heads up to think about an upcoming event and decide that you would like to/are ready to donate blood.
For those, like me, who are curious as to what it’s like to donate for the first time, HERE is the American Red Cross’ helpful page on the question.
Initiative 10 – Open Call for Comments on the Wellness Committee
This will be followed up be a meeting of the Wellness Committee to discuss next year.
If you are actually reading this before that email goes out feel free to email me at email@example.com.
At least lets hope so, if it is indeed spring you need to watch this (or click on picture):
Initiative 7 – Charity Hockey Pool
You may have noticed an email or two aboot a charity NHL playoff bracket pool to raise money for Kids Help Phone. For more details check your inbox; the gist of it is that you pay $5 to enter your bracket predictions, 50% of proceeds go to the winner with the most correct bracket, while 50% will be donated to Kids Help Phone.
Initiative 8 – Setting Up Next Year
The Committee will be meeting sometime before everyone leaves in order to shore up the schedule for the committee for next year. We will post the schedule once it is finalized, it will include which initiatives will be occurring each month, these will also need to be coordinated with the social committee and the research committee so that they make sense with the general efforts of the Geograds.
Initiative 9 – Year End Gathering
Ideally I’d like to set up some sort of year end event, though given schedules, this may be limited to on campus gather to discuss next year.
See Post 5, and initiative 10, for more.
That’s all for now
Boler “Mountain” offers a thrilling winter experience…Tubing! On Thursday’s it is “cheap” night for tubing, the cost is $14 (plus tax) for 2 hours of tubing excitement.
Hope to see you all there!
The Social Committee
Second Breakfast Potluck
WHEN: Wednesday December 11th
WHAT TIME: 8:30 – 10:30
WHERE: SSC 2240
WHO: All Geograds and Faculty/Staff
WHY: Breakfast is important
What to bring: A small dish for yourself and a few others
Don’t forget to volunteer or donate items at a local school, home for the elderly, hospital, charity, shelter etc.. during the holidays!!! There are always people worse off than you.
And Resources For All…
If you know of a helpful wellness resource that can be added to this list email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The two main on-campus mental health resources are the Student Development Centre and Student Health Services. Western also has a website with resources and information on mental health issues for students: www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/.
Western Student Development Centre Psychological Services
Provides: Crises counselling, psychologist meetings and referrals, support groups, Sexual assault counselling, educational series’
In Person: Western Student Services Building (4th Floor)
www.sdc.uwo.ca/psych to sign up for groups
Student Health Services
Provides: All medical care, counselling and psychiatry, birth control information, immunizations, allergy injections
Other Mental Health Resources around Campus/London:
Provides: a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario
Crises Phone Line: Dial 211
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Provides: 24 Hour confidential help for women who are victims of assault
Crises Line: 1-866-863-0511
Campus Student Case Manager
Provides: Help for students who experience delays in their capacity to study, attend school because of mental health or other health issues
519-661-2111 ext. 85985
Canadian Mental Health Association – London-Middlesex Branch
Provides: Assessment, community support, help with finding counsellors or psychiatrists, etc…
Phone: 519-434-9191 (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:00)
Mental Health Crises Line: 519-433-2023 (available 24/7)
Provides: three help lines that provide health services information for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs or alcohol and mental illness
Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600
Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603
Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-230-3505
Good 2 Talk Post-Secondary Student Helpline
Provides: Free, professional and anonymous support for students in Ontario to talk about stress, mental health, legal issues, disability, financial stress, sexuality, addictions
Available 24 hours a day, every day
International Exchange Student Services
Provides: orientation, socio-cultural events, hep with financial issues,
London and District Distress Centre
Provides: 24 Hour phone counselling related to mental health and distress
Crises Response Line: 519-433-2023
Mental Health 4 Kids
Provides: Website for youth, parents, educators and health care providers providing information about mental health related services
Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention
Provides: Online resource for information about suicide and mental health issues
Sexual Assault Centre London
Provides: services to survivors of sexual violence in London and Middlesex County
24 Hour Crises and Support Line: 519-438-2272
In Person: 225 Horton Street, 3rd Floor
United on Campus Services
Provides: Multi-faith counselling and support to help students, a safe space for body, mind, spirit
In Person: UCC, Room 256
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 82794
Western’s Peer Phone Line
Provides: confidential peer-to-peer sharing for students by students
519-661-3425 (Mon-Fri, 10:00am to Midnight)
Western Mental Health App
Western Services for Students with Disabilities
Provides: on campus transportation, alternative format text, assistive technology help, counselling, referrals, help with academic learning issues
In Person: Western Student Services Building (4th Floor)
Student Health Services
Provides: All medical care, counselling % psychiatry, birth control information, immunizations, allergy injections
Provides: connects people with local personal physicians
Middlesex-London Health Unit
Provides: Immunization, birth control, STI info, Dental clinic, travel clinic, classes, community programs
Provides: Free access to discussions with registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week
City of London Property Standards Office
Provides: Investigation of structural or unsafe conditions and landlord/tenant issues about property standards (heat, electricity, noise, safety etc…)
Federation of Metro Tenants Associations
Provides: advice on what your landlord/slimy corporate property owner is legally allowed to do/not do in the Province of Ontario. Designed for Metro Toronto tenants, they will offer advice to Londoners as the Ontario Residential Tenancy Act operates as provincial law.
Tenant Hotline: 416-921-9494
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board
Provides: Information on the rules for both tenants and landlords, most landlords don’t follow or don’t know the rules (example: the classic damage deposit scheme)
Ontario Tenants Rights
Provides: information about renting in a number of cities and municipalities in Ontario, including London
Western Law Community Legal Services
Provides: Legal assistance and representation for small claims court, landlord-tenant issues, summary conviction criminal matters, simple wills and powers of attorney. Assistance is provided by law students under the direct supervision of a lawyer.
In Person: Western Law Building, Room 120