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- Mental Health and Wellbeing App – free platform through your Health & Dental Plan
Canadian Mental Health Association
- Offer brochures on various mental health topics and issues
- University of Manitoba mental health resources and learning opportunities
UMSU hosts two Mental Health Campaign weeks per year (one in each semester) to combat the stigma associated with mental illness, and promote self-care through activities such as art therapy and pet therapy.
Fall 2022: November 14 to 18
Winter 2023: March 13 to 17
“The UMSU Health and Dental Plan has really awesome mental health coverage (some of the best in the country actually!). I’ll provide you a link to the webpage that outlines the details of your UMSU Health and Dental Plan at the end of this article. If you check your fees in Aurora (check your Fall or Winter fees, depending when you when you started classes for the 2022/2023 school year) you can see if you paid for that insurance plan. I would guess a majority of people reading this will have it. ” …. read more on the My Student Wellbeing website at https://mystudentwellbeing.ca/umsu/
The UMSU Mental Health Working Group was struck in the Summer of 2022 with the mandate of creating recommendations for UMSU and the UM to advance student support resources. While the document is broken up into two sections, one for UMSU and one for the UM Administration, we believe that all these projects can and should be worked on in tandem between the incoming UMSU Executive team, and the UM Administration team. I want to extend a massive thank you to members of the UMSU MHWG, and I hope that this document will serve as a wonderful reminder of how far there still is to go for students’ mental health support.
What does mental health mean to you?
Mental health to me means taking care of myself so that I am able to be there to take care of others. Mental health is essentially a state of well-being and we all have it. When we are mentally healthy, it is easier for us to enjoy our lives and the people within it. Everything in our life is interconnected, from our physical health to our mental health and if there is an imbalance it affects the rest of our life.
Mental health to me has always been a factor. I have struggled with ADHD and Generalized Anxiety disorder for as long as I can think of. My life has been a process of learning to cope, create boundaries, and learn what works and does not work for me. I believe that through community, supporting one another, and working together, that all mental health challenges can be tackled. Together, we can work to reduce stigma surrounding Mental health. together, we can create a world where our challenges are nothing more than that. Simple bumps in the road of life.
To me, mental health does not mean an absence of bad days or negative emotions, but a positive way to pick yourself up again when they inevitably do occur.
Student Testimonials & Experiences
I have always believed that tackling challenges of mental health is equally as important as physical ones. I am a huge advocate for therapy and have been attending regular sessions with a therapist since 2019. I believe that sharing my internal thoughts, my anxieties, and my concerns, helps me to connect with those around me. I also believe that sharing these things helps me to connect with myself. In the end, I know that mental health is something I will always have to handle. But through therapy and support from the community, I know that these challenges which used to feel like great big mountains, are nothing more than small hills. Together, we can walk them. But we must first ensure that we do not stigmatize conversations surrounding mental health. we all deserve to feel heard and supported!
Coming from an immigrant family has made it hard to openly speak on the topic of Mental Health as in the culture my family comes from, mental health is seen as a taboo topic and is never spoken of. It was not until my high school years that I had allowed myself to accept that I wanted help with my mental health. Talking about mental health does not make you weaker, in fact it makes you stronger as you allow yourself to take control of the situation and do what is right for you and not follow what others want of you.
I’ve experienced high ups and downs in my mental health, but taking time to reflect on why my lows are so low and realizing what makes my highs so positive is crucial to making sure my lows don’t prevent me from getting out of bed in the morning. Regardless, sometimes they do. And that’s okay.