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Tips for Holiday Peace of Mind & Resources for the New Year
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Warmest Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season

Dear Community of Practice Members,


This has been an incredibly busy year, full of exciting changes and forward movement on campuses across the province. Our community has continued to grow, welcoming new members from British Columbia and beyond who share the common goal of creating healthier campus communities.  

As we reflect back on 2015, there are a variety of resources we would like to draw your attention to as well as a few new ones, that we hope will help support the very important work that you do. To browse all resources that have been shared this year, we invite you to log in to the online platform.

Wishing you a healthy, happy holiday and a rejuvenating New Year. We look forward to connecting in 2016 as we prepare for the annual Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Summit!

Sincerely,
The Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Team
“It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season,” says Bev Gutray, CEO of CMHA’s BC Division.  

“Sometimes it’s about letting go of traditions and finding creative ways to focus on what’s most important to you. The key is to keep it simple and remember to make your mental health a priority.” 
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Tips for the Holiday Season

15 Tips for Holiday Peace of Mind and Coping with Grief
15 Tips for Holiday Peace of Mind and Coping with Grief

The holiday season is a time many of us look forward to—sometimes with anticipation, sometimes with dread. Peace on Earth may seem impossible if you don’t have peace of mind.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) suggests that some of the best ways to deal with added stress around the holiday season are common sense strategies.

Life on Campus: Winter Break Survival Tips
Life on Campus: Winter Break Survival Tips for Students

“After the stress of finals is over, many students are excited to return home for winter break. It can be a special time for family, friends, and a familiar place. Unfortunately, going home can present its own challenges. Whether it is adjusting to living at home again or not having anything to do, winter break—a time to recuperate after the past semester— can sometimes feel more overwhelming than school. Here are some common issues and ways to address them to help you make the most of your break.”

Resources on Community Dialogue

Dinner and Dialogue: Engaging Community in Conversations about Drinking Culture

NEW Dinner and Dialogue: Engaging Community in Conversations about Drinking Culture

This is a guide on how one might host a dinner and dialogue on the culture of alcohol with members of the community. This frst part of the guide outlines the reasons one might host a dinner and dialogue, as well as a potential planning and facilitation approach to a dinner and dialogue. The appendices include a sample guide for facilitators to inspire how they might structure a dialogue using the 4-phase model and sample articles that could be used to help stimulate conversation on this topic.  
Hosting a Dinner Basket Conversation on Substance Use

Hosting a Dinner Basket Conversation on Substance Use

Selkirk College has been hosting innovative dinner basket conversations related to substance use. Check out this promising practice PDF to access their recipe for a dinner basket conversation, guiding questions for facilitators, a reflection sheet for participants, cooking recipes to get you started and more!

View Selkirk's Dinner Basket Conversations video >>>

Resources for Student Leaders

Advocacy Strategies for Student Leaders: Navigating Governance Structures and Moving Ideas into Action
Advocacy Strategies for Student Leaders: Navigating Governance Structures and Moving Ideas into Action

This webinar focused on the role of student advocacy and student-led initiatives in catalyzing change in the post-secondary environment. Participants gained insights on how to understand and navigate governance structures, identify and build partnerships, align initiatives with institutional priorities, and develop their ideas into action plans to make an impact on student mental health and wellbeing on their campus. 

The webinar recording and presentation slides are available for students within the Student Leaders and Recent Alumni group.

UBC Framework for Senate Consideration of Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
UBC Framework for Senate Consideration of Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mentioned during the webinar, this framework was put forward by the UBC Senate Adhoc Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing to be used by Senate bodies with regards to consideration of student mental health.

To view the proposal that was presented to UBC Senate for the establishment of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing, click here.

Resources for Residence Personnel

A Guide to Promoting Healthier Residence Envrionments

This guide is one in a series of resources intended to serve a comprehensive approach to promoting healthier relationships with alcohol and other substances in post-secondary settings. Grounded in evidence and theory, it features ideas and suggestions for supporting the creation of a healthier residence community. In this guide you will find hallmarks of authentic community, 13 promising practices for a healthier residence environment and key resources to help residence professionals in their role.
Drink with Class Initiative: If You Choose to Drink, Drink with Class!
Drink with Class Initiative 
If You Choose to Drink, Drink with Class!


The Drink with Class initiative was inspired by Thompson Rivers University’s involvement in Changing the Culture of Substance Use (CCSU), a project under Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses in British Columbia. At Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Drink with Class has become a central philosophy in residence. This promising practice highlights culture change at TRU and describes the multi-layered components the initiative uses to promote healthier relationships with alcohol in campus residences.

Resources on Supporting Others

Visions Journal: Young People: Transitions
Young People: Transitions

“Young people face numerous challenging transitions as they grow up and make their way into their adult years. Throughout this journey young people with mental health or substance use problems often face extra obstacles. In this issue we explore the complexities of these transitions, the factors that can help or hinder them, as well as the people and programs that are working to support young people as they go through these important life changes.”
NEW Understanding Addiction Online Course

NEW Understanding Addiction Online Course

Understanding Addiction is a unique online training program for those who work directly or indirectly with people who face challenges with addiction. 

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of addiction
  • Learn effective, practical skills to increase comfort in responding to addiction in a positive and respectful way
  • Develop confidence in working with challenging clients while protecting workplace safety
  • Build greater comfort in having conversations that promote inclusion and healthy communities

Resources on Academic Accommodations

Academic Accommodations for Students with Mental Health Disabilities
Academic Accommodations for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

View the webinar with the Principal Investigator and panel of representatives from Ontario and BC - click here >>

Related Resources:

14 Recommendations for Documentation Standards and Guidelines 

Video Series for Faculty on Accommodating Post-Secondary Students with Mental Health Disabilities 

Student Guide: A Guide to Academic Accommodations and Managing your Mental Health while on Campus

Resources on Creativity and Artistic Expression

Staying Juicy: Keeping Creativity Alive
Staying Juicy: Keeping Creativity Alive

Selkirk College has created an innovative video with West Kootenay & Boundary Region artists talking about their creative process. 

“A few years ago when I started counselling on the Nelson campuses, I had students from Digital Arts, Music, Kootenay Studio Arts, and Fine Wood working all talk to me about their experiences of feeling stuck and overwhelmed with the demands of their artistic programs. I embarked on a journey that involved joining with various students and staff to invite a variety of Nelson artists to the Tenth Street campus to share with us their insights and what works for them in staying inspired and focused in their various arts careers.”

The Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness and Healing Through Artistic Expression
The Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness & Healing Through Artistic Expression

Piece of Mind is an art exhibition showcasing pieces of work that answer the question: What does psychological health mean to you?  In this blog, a student reflects on the power of artistic creation for her own mental health.  

“I’m not saying that artistic expression cures mental illness, but in many cases it does have a positive effect. From personal experience, I know that being able to draw, or play music, or write creatively has allowed me to externalize a lot of what I feel. In doing so I have been able to better understand the things that are detrimental to my mental health, and so heal.”

Webinar Archive 

Webinar Archive
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  • Using the Art of Motivation to Create Healthier Campus Communities
  • Using Food & Dialogue to Create Connections
  • Advocacy Strategies for Student Leaders: Navigating Governance Structures and Moving Ideas into Action
  • Putting the Pieces Together: Low-Risk Cannabis Use on Campus
  • Academic Accommodations for Students with Mental Health Disabilities
  • Promoting Healthier Residence Environments
  • College Life- Food, Drugs & Health
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