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 email@example.com
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
Whether you are new to grad school or years into your program, imposter syndrome or the imposter phenomenon (IP) is something you have most likely dealt with. Its symptoms often include a lack of confidence, or feeling that you do not deserve success. As the links point out, it is probably irrational to think that you do not possess any weaknesses- indeed these should be addresses and or monitored to be as successful as possible. But I would argue there is more irrationality when we think less of ourselves and shrug off past successes as ‘lucky’ or undeserved. As difficult as the job market is at the moment, why should employers be confident in our abilities and skills if we are not?
Introduction to IP: http://mitalk.umich.edu/article/graduate-students-imposter-syndrome
First, a new resource (Western Psychological Resources).
The courses look pretty convenient and helpful. I would encourage any interested parties to attend, and, if willing, let us know how they were.
Either way, I’m sure as with all psychological services, anonymity is certainly respected, as it is from the Wellness Committee.
Second, here is a very basic research-based resource regarding the ideal amount of exercise for adults.
Importantly, too little, as well as too much exercise, can not only have an adverse effect on daily living, but can also limit weight loss AND weight gain as seen here. What this typically means is that whether you are a person trying to gain weight or lose weight your workout routines are probably going to be similar in terms of length and regularity. However, there will be with slight changes in the focus of the workouts (intensity/design). Evidently then, according to this research, a large part of reaching a healthy weight relies on modifying your diet accordingly.
Finally, October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. While the Wellness Committee won’t be doing anything specifically for this, we of course encourage you to take part in a walk, run, or donation campaign.
Initiative 4 – Breakfast Potluck
- The Wellness Committee is going to be hosting a Breakfast Potluck.
- The idea is to get to school while the sun is shinning have a great start to the day with a full stomach.
- BREAKFAST IS IMPORTANT
- It will be held Wednesday October 23rd, from 8:00am to 10:00am.
- In SSC 2240
- IF YOU CAN…bring a breakfast dish, whatever you want, don’t feel obligated to bring something ‘healthy’ any dish you feel is appropriate is fine.
- We will endeavour to have more drinks than Coffee, not everyone does caffeine, so we will be mindful of non-users.
- Faculty and staff are certainly welcome
- The Research Committee will go over some basic Grad School tips for ONE MONTH IN, one of the trickiest things they’re noticing is the variability in what supposedly obvious things people do and do not know. This is a major problem in academia, academics sometimes forget that things obvious to them are wildly obscure and often counter-intuitive to someone new.
- Also,, we’re going to chat about perspectives on daily schedules. Ideally everyone would take a turn explaining their daily routines (if they have one) and what they find most effective for getting work done and leading a healthy balanced lifestyle; so maybe come along with that in mind.
Initiative 5 – Movember
We are looking for volunteers for a departmental Movember contest, all you have to do is grow the moustache, the rest of the department will essentially donate money for you not to shave it.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer
Initiative 6 – Daytime Trails
Some of the members of the Wellness Committee mentioned how nice it can be to break up a long workday with a walk down some of the nature paths around campus.
Periodically, Wellness Committee members will be initiating these walks and around campus, sending emails that morning, and checking the department for willing walkers to get some sun.
I personally don’t know many of the trails around campus so I am looking forward to doing this.