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Mental Health Wellness Day


October 20th, 2015 is designated as Mental Health Wellness Day at the University of Waterloo. This marks the seventh time that the campus community has set aside a day to acknowledge the importance of mental health.  We want students to know that there are a range of mental health supports available on campus and in the community. More important, we want to use the day to foster a social and academic environment that is conducive to mental health wellness. 
                               -- Walter Mittelstaedt, Director Campus Wellness


Join the ORANGE WAVE by wearing your orange Mental Health Wellness Day t-shirt!

To signify support for mental health wellness at University of Waterloo we hope to create our own “Orange Wave” by having students, staff, and faculty wear their orange Mental Health Wellness t-shirts.

If you have such a shirt from past years, please wear it that day, or if you would like to have one, please complete the t-shirt order form and send to Emily Overgaard, Peer Health Education Coordinator at

On October 20th, 2015 join the sea of orange movement and show your support by tweeting your individual or group photo to #uw4mentalhealth.  

staff and students proudly wearing their MHWD shirts

The purpose of the day is clear; we want our students to know:

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime
  • uWaterloo is a caring community and is a safe place to ask for help
  • We have the resources to help you

SPIN for MENTAL HEALTH            #spin4mentalhealth

The Recreation and Leisure Wellness Team is hosting the second annual SPIN for MENTAL HEALTH event in the SLC Great Hall from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Mental Health Wellness Day (October 20th, 2015).

Last year 15 stationary bikes were set up in the SLC Great Hall and throughout the day over 2,280 collective minutes of spinning took place. This year we will have more bikes and hope to beat last year’s record.     

Spin sessions are 20 minutes starting on the hour and half-hour with the exception of the two 50 minute spin classes at 12pm and 5pm.

Show your support for mental health wellness: Students, staff and faculty can sign up individually or as a team for one or more of the spin time slots below. Email to sign up.


1) 11:00am - 11:20am

2) 11:30am - 11:50am

3) 12:00pm - 12:50pm (Spin Class)

4) 1:00pm - 1:20pm

5) 1:30pm - 1:50pm

6) 2:00pm - 2:20pm

6) 2:30pm - 2:50pm

8) 3:00pm - 3:20pm

9) 3:30pm - 3:50pm

10) 4:00pm - 4:20pm

11) 4:30pm - 4:50pm

12) 5:00pm - 5:50pm (Spin Class)


Emergency Info

  • In crisis?
  • Feel unsafe?
  • Worried you might hurt yourself or others?

In Waterloo Region access Emergency contacts

Away from campus?

  • contact someone you trust
  • go to the nearest hospital or safe place
  • call a local help line
  • contact us and we'll try to find local supports to help you