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Dear Community of Practice Members, 

The beginning of a new term can present new opportunities for involvement and new challenges. This can be both exciting and stressful, but having good self care practices can help. We encourage you to seek out activities and practices to engage in on a regular basis that enhance and maintain your mental health and well-being. We hope you'll take the time to determine what you need to support you in the coming months. 
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College & Mental Health Guide
Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), released “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health,” a guide to help students and parents talk about mental health.  The guide contains information about mental health, privacy laws and how students can keep their parents informed if they are in need of support. 

Learn more about the guide >>>
Outreach Toolkit
Back to School: Outreach Toolkit 

The 2016 Back to School Toolkit was designed for Mental Health America affiliates, advocates, and organizations of all types to use with parents, youth and school personnel to raise awareness of the importance of mental health issues that start during adolescence. The toolkit will help you recognize risk factors, access resources, learn coping strategies, and understand the mental health challenges of today's youth.  

Learn more about the toolkit >>>
Strategies for Building Positive Mental Health
Mental Health Fitness Tips

Mental Health Fitness Tips 

Think about your emotional well-being. Assess your emotional health regularly. Consider the particular demands or stresses you are facing and how they are affecting you. Give yourself permission to take a break from your worries and concerns. Recognize that dedicating even a short time every day to your mental fitness will reap significant benefits in terms of feeling rejuvenated and more confident.

This web page has some simple ways to practice mental fitness from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Read the tips >>>

Tips for Mental Health
Tips for Good Mental Health 

You have probably heard about different ways to take care of your body. Did you know that you can take care of your mind, too? Mental health is the way we think and feel about ourselves and the world around us.

When we practice good mental health, it is easier to handle stress and other problems. In this sheet, you will learn different ways to build good mental health. You will learn how to:

1. Take care of your body
2. Practice healthy thinking
3. Slow down
4. Have fun
5. Reach out

Read about the 5 tips >>>

Bounce Back: Check in on Your Mental Health

Take the CMHA's Bounce Back Today quiz! It will take less than five minutes and it gives you some insight into your own mental health.

For many of us, it's not always easy to know when our mental health is at risk. We have ups and downs, and get used to having a few bad days here and there. Sometimes we're the last ones to notice our quality of life slipping. Taking this quiz is a good start to living your life more fully. It won't give you all of the answers you need, but it will give you a sense of next steps when it comes to improving or maintaining your mental health.

Check in your your mental health here >>>

Self Care Tips and Strategies
UVic Self Care Strategies

University of Victoria Strategies for Self Care 

There are numerous strategies for self-care and finding balance in your academic, social and personal life. The UVic web resource provides tips for managing stress, information on academic supports, suggestions for building healthy relationships and more. 

View the Resource >>>

UBC Self Care
Healthy UBC Newsletter: Self Care

The Healthy UBC Newsletter has an online space dedicated to the promotion and practice of self care. You'll find a series of posts that include a list of the most tranquil outdoor spaces on campus, strategies for improving your relationship with yourself, profiles on thriving faculty members and a calendar of community events. 

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KPU Self Care Handbook

KPU Self Care Handbook

The KPU Peer Support Program published this handbook for practicing Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) to provide students with strategies and resources to help take care of themselves in a positive and healthy manner. You'll find tips on nutrition, techniques for stress relief, strategies for coping and more than a few suggestions for taking a break.  

View the Resource >>>

Self Care Starter Kit
Self-Care Starter Kit

The Homewood Health Self-Care Starter Kit describes why self-care matters, why it’s important to take time to look after yourself, and how you can build a self-care plan to improve your quality of life. You'll find both information and worksheets that convey practical advice and emphasize the importance of looking after yourself for a happy and healthy life. 

View the Resource >>>
Self Care Online Community Group

Join the group on "Self Care" in our online community. Connect with others who have an interest in sharing ideas, resources and events related to self care in a post-secondary environment.

Join the group >>>
Wellness Modules
Finding Balance 

Learn why balance matters, find strategies to help you evaluate your own needs and priorities, and take a quiz to see if you’ve found health balance.
Eating Well and Living Well

Learn more about finding good, healthy balance and find tips to help you make changes in your life.
Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Find 10 tips to help you sleep well and learn how to use a sleep diary to keep track of your sleep skills and monitor your progress.
Good Night's Sleep
Mental Health Matters

Learn about the four dimension of mental health, and take a quiz to check your wellness level. 
Mental Health Matters
Featured Stories in the News View all news stories
Student Society Raises Awareness

The UBC Student Society has launched an awareness campaign for sexual assault on campus. The cardboard sleeves of coffee cups are emblazoned with the statistic: 257 students suspended for cheating or plagiarism, 0 for sexual assault. The objective of the campaign is to encourage students to offer feedback on the new sexual assault policy and ensure proper measures are in place for effective reporting. 

Read the full article >>>

Notes from/for Students

The CBC asked first year students moving into Simon Fraser University’s residence to share a message with their parents — and then (without seeing each other’s notes) the parents shared a message with their children, who are moving away from home for the first time.

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