Partner with Thrive to become a Thrive Ambassador, learn how to host your events as part of Thrive, and promote Thrive in your communications. There are various resources available to help you promote mental wellness across campus, as well as ways of increasing your personal wellness. Take a look at our Thrive Toolkit to get started; learn more about the different options and find out which one works for you!
Become a Thrive Ambassador
How to apply
Are you a student, staff, CUPE, faculty member or post doc who...
- Is passionate about health and wellness?
- Is a positive health role model?
- Believes wellness initiatives can bring about positive changes?
- Believes in a sense of community?
- Supports friends, classmates, colleagues by practicing active listening, being kind, empathetic and compassionate?
- Loves to volunteer?
If you answered yes to one or all of the questions above, apply through the Become a Thrive Ambassador webform.
What do Thrive Ambassadors do?
- Act as liaisons between the Thrive Planning Committee and your unit*
- Spread awareness about Thrive initiatives, the brand and available mental health resources at UW
Thrive Ambassadors may choose to take up leadership roles in planning Thrive events in their units* during the spring and winter Thrive Days and the fall Thrive Week.
Ambassadors will receive e-mails on a monthly basis (or as needed) that would include information about Thrive initiatives or mental health resources on campus. They would disseminate this information in their individual units. During Thrive events, these informative e-mails may increase in frequency. For further questions, contact Karen Parkinson or Kalpita Gaitonde.
*Unit: Affiliated institution/ faculty/ department/ research institution/ service unit etc.
Become an Event Partner
If you’d like to host a partner event, please register your event through the Partner with Thrive Application form.
By hosting an event you will have your event promoted on the Thrive webpage.
Key things to remember when planning your event:
- Be inclusive of diverse perspectives and populations on campus. For help, review the Planning Accessible Events document
- Consider how your event can connect to the themes of Thrive week:
- Increase mental health literacy and promote resources
- Build healthy habits and self-care skills
- Foster a supportive and inclusive community
- Have hard copies of resources available for both on and off-campus mental health services and supports
Need event ideas?
Below you’ll find some ideas for wellness events:
- An arts and crafts activity: colouring pages, bracelets, origami, succulent planting
- An event promoting physical activity: yoga classes, Zumba etc
- An event featuring live music
- Host a workshop on mental health and wellbeing
- Share a meal or host a cooking class
- Create a gratitude wall that people can add sticky notes to
Help promote Thrive
By promoting Thrive, you’re helping build positive mental health for everyone at University of Waterloo. In this toolkit you’ll find templates, social cards, suggested social posts, and web images to get everyone thriving at University of Waterloo.
Mental Health Literacy: Everyone has mental health to care for and there are lots places to go if you need help.
Build Healthy Habits and Self-Care Skills: Building your healthy habits and self-care skills can help you stay mentally well.
Foster a Supportive and Inclusive Community: Our community members have shared experiences and knowledge that can help you be well.
View the Thrive communication resources for additional resources on promoting Thrive in your area.