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Welcome to the FoE Wellness Program!

What does it mean to have “well-being”?  The words “health” and “well-being” are difficult to define. In many ways, it is easier to describe the absence of health and well-being, than it is to describe what it means to have them.

The well-being of our community matters! The Faculty of Engineering (FoE) Community Wellness Program was created to support and promote the well-being of our community throughout the year.

The World Health Organization defines health as:

"A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Well-being goes beyond the aspects of physical health to include other social, psychological, and personal aspects.

Having well-being includes the ability of “an individual or group to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment".

From this perspective, well-being can be seen as a “resource” or “asset” that helps people live their everyday lives. The FoE is currently developing a Wellness framework to guide strategic initiatives designed to improve the well-being of our community. Information on our progress and strategic initiatives can be found on our Wellness Framework and Strategic Initiatives webpage.

In addition, in the FoE, we utilize a dimensional model approach to wellbeing. While there are many helpful models and ways to think of wellbeing, we chose a dimensional model because dimensional models recognize that people have many elements or aspects that contribute to their overall wellness. In the FoE, we utilize the Nine Dimensions of Wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, relational, spiritual, vocational, cultural, financial, and environmental.

The FoE Community Wellness Program seeks to provide resources, support, and referrals to staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to assist in the strengthening of their nine dimensions of wellness. For more information on models of wellbeing and the nine dimensions in particular, please see our nine dimensions of wellness webpage.

Canada's NEW 988 number for mental health support

As of Nov 30, 2023, people across Canada can  call and text 9-8-8, a new three-digit service, for help when they need it most. The service offers trauma-informed and culturally affirming support to anyone who is thinking of suicide, or who is worried about someone they know. While the focus is on suicide prevention, the service can be accessed for any mental health concern.

Event listing

Thursday, February 22, 2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Protecting Yourself From Stress Workshop (Employees and Post Docs)

During this session, you’ll explore factors that could test your resilience and cause stress. The protective strategies suggested can help protect you from the harmful impacts of stress and enhance your ability to cope when a crisis does occur. Brainstorming options to overcome challenges, taking action when you feel paralyzed by fear or worry, learning from your mistakes, and building a network of support are just some of the protective strategies to consider.

Monday, March 4, 2024 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00) Monday, March 11, 2024 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00) Monday, March 18, 2024 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00) Monday, March 25, 2024 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00) Monday, April 1, 2024 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Meditation Mondays

Join us every Monday from Jan 15th to Mar 25th, from 4:30-5 pm in E5-6002 Multi Faith Prayer Room (No session Feb 19th) for a relaxing 30 mins.

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The transition from summer sunshine to the chilly months of Fall and Winter can sometimes bring a cloud of gloom. Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of mild depression or reduction in energy, is caused by a reduction of exposure to sunlight. That's why we're thrilled to announce that the Faculty of Engineering now has Light Therapy (SAD) lamps available for sign-out!  

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Supporting a Person in Distress

Most of us have complex lives with competing demands and priorities. No matter how strong our coping skills are, there are days when the pressure and challenges are just bigger than our skills. Those moments of overwhelm can lead to feelings of distress. There are many reasons why colleagues or students might be having a difficult time. It is likely that at some point each of us will be called upon to support someone in distress.  

In recent years, there has been increasing awareness of the need for male allyship in academic settings, both in Canada and around the world. This is because academic institutions are still largely dominated by men, particularly in fields like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Women and other marginalized groups may face various barriers to success in these fields, including discrimination, bias, and a lack of representation.

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. It is the belief of the ENGWellness Program that reconciliation must go beyond recognition, and we must acknowledge that as a post-secondary institution, we carry much power and privilege.

We also understand our positionality as wellness supports and how that positionality intersects with the experiences and cultures of the student communities we aim to support. We also recognize that the holistic approach to wellness that we promote is rooted in Indigenous healing practices which further contributes to our institution’s commitment to the Okanogan Charter whose key principles include using “whole system approaches” that “value local and Indigenous communities’ contexts and priorities”. With that spirit, we as wellness supports continue to actively participate in educational opportunities to further explore our nation’s history and the rich heritage of Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) peoples. We also aim to continuously examine our positionality and systems of discrimination throughout the conversations we have and the work we carry out. We encourage all of us, as a community, to do the same.

For more information, visit the Truth and Reconciliation Response website.

Map source: Adam Lewis, “Living on Stolen Land,” Alternatives Journal December 2015

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We're here to help enhance and support your wellness in a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment. Our offices and spaces are a place where human rights are respected and where 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and their friends and allies, are welcome and supported.