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How to deal with failure

A stressed student with his head in his hands

No one is perfect. Inevitably, there will come a time when reality does not meet with your expectations. What’s important is that we know how to move past these moments.

Meet the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator

Amanda Cook
The University of Waterloo recently welcomed Amanda Cook in the new position of Sexual Violence Response Coordinator.  Amanda is here to assist the University community with appropriate responses to sexual violence; including complainants, respondents, witnesses and front-line service providers. 

Fundraising 101: Bring Kittens

Taylor holding a cat from the fundraiser
Don’t Stress Meowt! 
 
No, that wasn’t a typo.  Don’t Stress Meowt was the name for a cat yoga fundraiser that Taylor Damaren, a student at UWaterloo was more than eager to host last month! 

Mindyourmind: Connecting music to mental health

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"I feel if we don't talk about mental health, the stigma will never go away."  Chelsey Hallihan, a third-year Honours Arts and Business student, majoring in Speech Communication, has always been passionate about mental health advocacy.  A few months ago, Chelsey got the opportunity to contribute to mental health advocacy in the Waterloo community!

Summer hotspots in the region near you

Elora Gorge.

With exams coming up, it’s important to take some time out for yourself; basking in the sun and enjoying fun hobbies as much as possible, especially before you’re stuck in a cubicle with your nose in a book all day. UWaterloo students tend to stay in the campus bubble during this busy time, but remember that this city holds some amazing spots nearby for the leisure time that you need and deserve!

Shattering stigma with creativity

Kimmi's birch wood ink art piece

When students put their talents towards a social good, the results may be monumental. On March 22, students from Stand Up to Stigma came together to spread awareness about mental health through a student art showcase. Dozens of students walking through the Student Life Centre had the chance to revel in these unique creations.

Pencil, paper and loving your body

Kimmi smiling with kids playing in background

Around the world and on campus, activists are constantly challenging the stereotype of what a model should look like. Kimberly Luu is the founder of body-positive figure drawing sessions at the Women’s Centre and a graduate student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Started in 2014, the aim of these events is to celebrate the human body in all of its diversity, and to cultivate a safe, fun, and creative space where all body types can be appreciated.

Renison don vlogs her way to mental health

Emma Roy

Remember how weird it was going back to live with your parents after being at university? Do you not know at times if you qualify as an adult? Finally there’s a video series for that.

Metis-Cree student digs through history to rebuild his life

Jesse with Great Plains in background

Addicted, homeless and in trouble with the law. By the time Jesse Thistle was twenty his future seemed bleak. Now a mature student at UWaterloo, Jesse is thriving in his graduate program and is using his past to assert his future.

EngSoc President leaves mental health legacy on campus

Hannah in front of UWaterloo’s new Friendship Bench

On paper, you are truly thriving. Yet on the inside, you struggle with depression so severe that your very existence is threatened. This is Hannah Gautreau’s story.

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