What is Thrive?

Thrive is a series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff. Thrive is also a mindset that encourages you to flourish. We all have mental health, and we can each strengthen our mental health by learning about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering new skills and resources to help us Thrive all year long.

Goals of Thrive

Increase Mental Health Literacy and Promote Resources

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Thrive endeavours to improve our community’s understanding of how to obtain and maintain positive mental health of yourself and others. Thrive also promotes available resources for students, faculty, and staff who might need support, and reduce any stigma that might exist around seeking help.

Build Healthy Habits and Self-Care Skills

Thrive aims to help individuals discover how to cope with the challenges of day-to-day life, and develop self-care skills and resiliency. Thrive promotes healthy habits including but not limited to sleep, healthy eating, physical activity, mindfulness, and social connections.

Foster a Supportive and Inclusive Community

Thrive fosters a shared sense of belonging and supportive environment on campus. The activities and events of Thrive will help spread the word that you are not alone and that our community members have shared experiences and knowledge that can help.

2018 Thrive Committee Members

  • Jennifer McCorriston, Associate Director, Health Promotion (Co-Chair)
  • Karen Parkinson, Occupational Health Nurse, Occupational Health (Co-Chair)
  • Alan Binns - Director, Police Services
  • Alyssa Clarkson - Communications Project Manager, Campus Wellness
  • Cassie Smith - Counsellor, Counselling Services
  • Jenn Willoughby - Associate Director, Integrated Communications, Student Success Office
  • Jennifer Burton - Housing and Activities Specialist, Renison University College
  • Jennifer Tabar - Case Support Coordinator, Housing and Residences
  • Kristen Leal - Group Fitness and Instructional Coordinator, Athletics and Recreation
  • Lindsay Thompson - Wellness Coordinator - St. Jerome's University
  • Mark Grant - Manager, Student Service Centre
  • Neil Cornwall - Campus Police Officer
  • Rebekah DeJong - Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator, Conrad Grebel University College
  • Retnika Devasher - Exam Centre Administrator, AccessAbility Services
  • Richard Wu - Feds President
  • Samantha Fowler - Peer Health Education
  • Sandra Gibson - Manager, Health Education
  • Sarah Howard - Graduate Student Experience Specialist, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Stella Arthur - GSA Vice President
  • Steve Prentice - Residence and Community Life Manager, St. Paul's University College

Read the Thrive Committee Terms of Reference (PDF) for more information about the structure and processes of the Committee.

Thrive History

Thrive builds on the success of our previous annual Mental Health Wellness Day event and expands on the foundations created by it. The Thrive week initiative was developed by the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2009 and has been adopted by more than 11 Canadian colleges and universities.

Winter 2019

Wear your Thrive T-shirt and attend these events to show your support for building positive mental health on campus:

  • Positivitea with Feds 
  • Free Fair Trade Coffee, Tea and Oatmeal for Grad Students with the GSA and GSPA
  • More Feet on the Ground Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff 
  • Coping Skills - Empowering Habit Change Seminar for Students

Fall 2018

The first University of Waterloo Thrive Week was held in Fall term 2018. Read more about the events that happened or read the Wrap Up Report (PDF) .