Sometimes it feels like there’s nowhere to turn or no one to talk to. Sometimes it can feel like no one is listening, or when you speak no one hears what you’re saying. We at URSU are here to help though and to connect you with others that can help you get through it and to thrive once you do. Along with Bell Canada, and others across the country, we are here today and everyday so “Let’s Talk”.
This year URSU participated in Bell Let’s Talk Day in partnership with university offices and campus groups. Executive Committee members at the bottom of Kisik Towers from 10am to 2pm on January 26th. “I would also like to remind students of URSU’s mental health supports, which are included in the Health and Dental plan,” said URSU President Hannah Tait. “We realize that mental health is impacted by a variety of factors, please reach out to URSU for financial, academic, or social support.”
In past years, URSU has worked with other student unions, campus groups, and community organizations to promote dialogue about mental health and deconstruction of the stigma that still stops people from seeking help. By having candid conversations, sharing informative workshops, and bringing in engaging speakers, URSU has helped move the conversation forward and kept the mental, physical, and emotional health of students at the forefront of our mission.
Sadly, URSU will not be holding our Sexual Health and Mental Awareness Week this year, hoevever we urge students, staff, faculty, and the community to keep the conversation going online, socially distanced, and in their daily lives. URSU’s goal was and is to alleviate any stigma around seeking help or treatment and promote safe, respectful, and enjoyable experiences. We have an amazing community on our campus, and we want our students to realize that although there may be a stigma in our world around sexual health and mental wellness, that stigma does not exist on the University of Regina campus.
For students seeking face-to-face treatment, Counselling Services at the U of R is currently offering e-counselling to registered students at no charge. The Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone and sponsored by The Cooperators is also available to students 24/7 by texting “UofR” to 686868.
The following mental wellness programs are also available to students of the University of Regina and its Federated Colleges:
- Canadian Mental Health Association’s BounceBack© program: a guided self-help program effective in helping adults and youth manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. For more information and to register, click here. This program is free for Saskatchewan residents.
- Mindful Mondays: an online program series aimed at providing resources and tools to support your personal mental wellness.
- University of Regina Students’ Union mywellness Program: this site provides information and resources available to students including information on financial wellness and suicide prevention and a free mental health assessment. Visit the mywellness site here.
- UniWellbeing Course: this free, five-week course provides education and guidance to help post-secondary students manage depression and/or anxiety. More information is available on the Online Therapy Unit’s website.
- The University has committed to creating a healthy campus community and learning environment in its 2020-25 strategic plan All Our Relations, or Kahkiyaw kiwȃhkomȃkȃninawak in Cree. Well-being and Belonging is one of the five Areas of Focus in the strategic plan, with three interconnected objectives below it: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Healthy Living; and Mental Health Literacy and Research.