Talk: Mental Health and Well-being for Students (CANCELLED)

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)


The Dean's Advisory Committee on Health and Well-being is hosting a talk with on mental health and well-being for students.  The talk is open to anyone who is interested in students' mental health.

Date: Wednesday January 25, 2023

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: HLTH EXP 1689

Our speakers will be:

Anna Polack who is a first year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo majoring in Biomedical Engineering. This is her first year as a Jack Talks speaker after helping create her high school's first Jack Chapter. Anna's passion for mental health advocacy began in high school when she noticed a lack of education about mental health in classrooms especially mental health education that included the 2SLGBTQ+ community. You can always find her dancing to music on her way to class, and in her spare time, rock climbing and baking banana bread.

Quinn Richardson who is in his 4th year with Wilfrid Laurier University, studying as an undergraduate Sociology & Policing student with a minor in Leadership. If not volunteering for, he can be seen volunteering with his local Ontario Provincial Police as an Auxiliary Constable or working on his fitness in local gyms. To destress after a long day, he does it best strumming an acoustic guitar or whipping up a hot recipe he discovered online. is a charity that trains and empowers youth who are revolutionizing mental health. They are working towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. A Canada without shame, and where all those that need support, get the help they deserve. With a national network of thousands of young leaders, they’re only just getting started. 

Warnings: Talking about mental health can sometimes be difficult for people - especially those who are struggling or have experienced a difficult situation. While we have done everything we can to ensure our Talk is safe and non-triggering, including training our speakers to share their personal stories safely, we wanted to provide some content warnings, should you feel the need to provide warnings or make preparations in advance. These are some of the themes that may come up when speakers are sharing their stories and anecdotes.. Speaker 1 story themes: academic pressure/stress; self-esteem and self-image; Speaker 2 story themes: academic pressure/stress; anxiety disorder; workplace/employment stress