Ayana Kawe’s drive to find support for Muslim students leads to creation of two Muslim chaplain positions
Ayana Kawe has been a part of an innovative initiative to bring about positive change in our campus community. Ayana provided leadership to establish the Muslim Chaplaincy Waterloo, with support from the University of Waterloo Chaplains’ Association, to provide services that are sensitive to the Muslim student experience. The Chaplains provide on-campus care sessions free of charge to those who need it.
The Wellness Collaborative is the cross-campus partnership to move the Okanagan Charter and Healthy Workplace Statement into action. All members of the University of Waterloo community are invited to attend this free event. The agenda runs 9:00 am - 11:30 am with informal networking and refreshments starting at 8:30 a.m.
On Tuesday, April 30, Counselling Services support will be provided exclusively at our Health Services location on the second floor instead of our regular location of Needles Hall North, Second Floor. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Counselling Services support will be back at the regular location on Wednesday, May 1.
Campus Wellness locations (including Health Services and Counselling Services) will be closed for the Good Friday stat holiday (April 19). Our offices will reopen on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
If you experience a medical emergency or mental health crisis during the holiday, please refer to the following emergency services and contacts:
Staff and faculty registrations for mental health training are moving from LEADS to Workday. This means that Mental Health Training you've completed as a staff or faculty member will now be credited to your learning history record.
As students prepare for exams, CMHA Ontario is reminding them to keep mental health in mind with some quick stress-management tips. Those struggling with low mood or anxiety can turn to CMHA Ontario’s free skill-building program BounceBack®: Reclaim your health to learn how to deal with stress, being overwhelmed, and more. Through BounceBack, adults and youth 15+ learn skills to help manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking and become more active and assertive.
As part of the Okanagan Charter commitments that University of Waterloo adopted in October 2018, Campus Wellness is launching a Wellness Collaborative. The collaborative is tasked with:
Being a University-wide collaboration led by Campus Wellness with representatives that include students, faculty and staff;
Using a holistic approach to health and wellness that is inclusive of everyone who lives, works, and learns at the University with an emphasis on mental health;
Leveraging existing wellness programs and initiatives; identifying gaps in services and supports; setting priorities for new health and wellness initiatives; and working with campus partners to implement those initiatives;
Responding to the unique needs and strengths of each Faculty, department and student group who will correspondingly share their insights and learnings with the collaborative; and
Sharing the University’s experiences and best practices with other campuses and broader society through dialogue with external stakeholders regarding health and well-being in universities.
If you are interested in learning more about the Wellness Collaborative or becoming involved, visit the Collaborative website to sign up for more information as the Collaborative gets moving.
Our locations are closed February 12, 2019 due to inclement weather. All appointments scheduled for Feb 12 are cancelled. If you have a Health Services appointment that has been cancelled please call when we reopen to book. If you have a Counselling Services appointment that has been cancelled we will contact you by either phone or email to rebook. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.