Memoirs of Wellness is an initiative rooted in anti-stigma messaging as it pertains to mental health. Inspired by the Stories of Resilience originated by Campus Wellness, it was created to encourage open conversations specific to the Faculty of Engineering about wellbeing, which reaches far beyond maintaining physical health, but includes a multitude of dimensions. In fact, the ENGWellness program is built upon the nine dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, relational, vocational, cultural, spiritual, financial, and environmental. These dimensions are interdependent and each one plays a role in one’s overall wellbeing. Therefore, the goal of the Memoirs of Wellness initiative is to highlight the personal wellness journeys of our students, staff, and faculty. 

We acknowledge that everyone navigates very individual experiences that impact their wellbeing. That said, there is a need to normalize both negative and positive wellbeing journeys in an effort to de-stigmatize mental health, mental illness, and adversity in general. Through our Memoirs of Wellness, we want our community members to know they're not alone in their struggles! This goes a long way in breaking down systemic barriers, fostering inclusivity and improving the mental health of each of us, the Faculty of Engineering, and the broader UW community.

If you would like to contribute your story to our Memoirs of Wellness, please connect with the ENGWellness Team: ENGWellness@uwaterloo.ca. All stories are welcome and all stories matter! Check out some of our entries below:






If you would like to contribute your story to our Memoirs of Wellness, please connect with the ENGWellness Team: ENGWellness@uwaterloo.ca