Miti Chheda
Communications Assistant
Tue, 11/03/2020 - 16:15


Developed by the University of British Columbia in Spring of 2009, Thrive has been adopted by more than 11 Canadian colleges and universities. The first Thrive week, which focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff, was held in fall 2018 and built on the success of our previous annual Mental Health Wellness Day event. 

  Thrive was built on three goals: 

  • Increase mental health literacy and promote resources
  • Teach healthy habits and self-care
  • Foster a supportive and inclusive community  

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Thrive encourages folks to learn about their mental health and work to strengthen it by thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering skills and resources that help us to Thrive all year long.  

While the world fights this pandemic, mental health is at the core of our struggles right now. With family members separated, and social distancing preventing us from meeting friends and colleagues, and the added anxiety surrounding the virus, a lot of us are struggling with mental health. So, the University of Waterloo Campus Wellness has planned a series of online events from November 2-6, on understanding and learning how to care for your mental health, especially as we work to navigate our lives amid this pandemic. 

We encourage all students, faculty and staff to set aside time in your schedules to attend these events. Remember, that your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it is important to spend some time strengthening it. These events focus on understanding your mental health and provide you with skills and resources to cope with the challenges of day-to-day life. Check out the schedule of events on UWaterloo’s Campus Wellness website! 

Tag @OCSNPWaterloo, @uwaterloowellness and use the hashtags #OCSNPThrive and #goodvibes on social to encourage positivity and community connection.  

While these events have been scheduled for one week, it is important to Thrive all year, check out our article, "Don’t quarantine your mental health" for tips and tricks, and resources on how to take care of your mental health.