Just like we take care of our physical wellness, we need to focus time and energy on our mental health. 

Canadians between 18 and 39 years old reported the highest levels with 33.5 percent for anxiety, 29.1 percent for loneliness and 27.7 percent for feelings of depression.

The seven dimensions of mental health are social wellness, emotional wellness, physical wellness, occupational wellness, intellectual wellness, environmental wellness, and spiritual wellness. Watch our social media (@MacEwanWellness) starting January 22 for daily information on the seven dimensions of wellness.

This Mental Health Week, from January 23 to 27, 2023, MacEwan has various ways to connect, engage in self-care activities, and build a supportive campus community.

  1. Kick-off event January 23 – 11:15-11:45 a.m.
    • Think self-care is just a buzzword? How do you balance all your responsibilities and still find time for yourself? Join a group of MacEwan Student Leaders and Tim Tang, AVP Students, for this conversation focusing on mental health, self-care, and balancing life from a student perspective at the kihêw waciston gathering space.  RSVP is encouraged but the event is open.
  2. Keynote: Self-care and Movement with Kendra Jessie January 23 – 12- 1 p.m.
    • Kendra Jessie is a Cree and Ukrainian woman from Sucker Creek First Nation in traditional Treaty 8 Territory in northern Alberta. As an Indigenous woman, she uses her Instagram and TikTok platforms to educate people about Indigenous culture and spread awareness about the issues of Indigenous communities as well as inspire future generations. As a fancy shawl dancer, Kendra loves to share her culture through the art of dance. Kendra is a certified personal fitness trainer, Nike N7 athlete and wellness facilitator who advocates for healing and balance within Indigenous communities through mindful movement, holistic health and cultural practices. 
    • Join Kendra for this session about the importance of self-care, honouring the body, and intentional movement at the Lookout in the SAMU Building. *Registration recommended; drop-in if space is available.
  3. Resource Fairs, Colouring stations, Financial Wellness, Self-Care, Safe Talk, Acupuncture, Wellness Activities and more January 23-27
  4. Messages of Kindness Boards (take a message, leave a message) January 23 to 27
    • Support from the community is an effective way to uplift spirits, both in receiving and giving acts of kindness. Message boards will be posted at the entry to the fitness centre, gymnasium hallways, and the pool observation area. Notes will be available to leave a message of support. If you see a note that resonates with you, take it and carry it with you too, or pass it along to someone who may need it.
  5. Sensory Enhancement Studio January 23 – 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
    • Come to Sport and Wellness to book a 45-minute time slot to visit the Mind/Body Studio as it is transformed into a sensory enhancement space. Curl up in a yoga cocoon, hammock chair, or find your zen on the cozy pads and meditation mats. Sensory tools will be available for decompression with fidget toys, white noise, ambient lights, recorded guided meditations and a soothing water feature.
    • Note: There are both group bookings and private bookings available.
    • *Drop-ins are limited to one 45-minute session per student. MacEwan students can register ahead to reserve their spot. Drop-ins are welcome on the day of if space allows, including non-students.
  6. Spa Day at the Pool January 24 – 2-3 p.m.
    • Take a moment for some self-care at the pool. Steam rooms, hot tub, and face masks – we have everything you need to relax and give yourself a little pampering.
    • MacEwan students can register ahead to reserve their spot. Drop-ins are welcome on the day of if space allows, including non-students.
  7. Bell Let’s Talk Day January 25 
    • When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, join the conversation. Let’s raise awareness about mental health by texting, tweeting, calling, and using social media filters. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk for all your social media posts! Learn more about Bell Let’s Talk here! Or download some self-care content.
  8. Trauma-Informed Yoga Thursday, January 26 – 6-7 p.m.
    • MacEwan students join us in the Mind/Body Studio for this special yoga workshop. This active, gentle practice will teach techniques to relieve stress and promote the grounding of the mind and body. Mats are available; however, participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own. Registration ahead of time (online or in-person at the Welcome Desk) is strongly recommended. Drop-in may be available depending on the remaining space.
    • MacEwan students can register ahead to reserve their spot. Drop-ins are welcome on the day of if space allows, including non-students.
  9. Float January 27 – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    • On Friday, January 27, finish your week from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with some self-care by heading down to the pool for a relaxing float. Lighting will be dimmed, and relaxing music playing and innertubes will be provided. No swimming ability is required.
    • Participants are welcome to bring their own inflatable and wear alternative swimwear, provided they are clean and in good repair.
    • MacEwan students can register ahead to reserve their spot. Drop-ins are welcome on the day of if space allows, including non-students.
  10. Get Active
    • Sport and Wellness has everything you need to help balance you mentally and physically year-round. We have a fitness centre, pool, hot tub, steam rooms, gymnasium; daily fitness and aquatic classes, sport leagues and personal training.