Belleville, ON, Oct. 12, 2022 –Last week, Loyalist strengthened its commitment to student mental health by launching the Fall Discovery Wellness Series as part of the annual Thrive Week activities hosted by the College’s Student Life team.
“Along with balancing the demands of schoolwork and daily stressors, we know many of our students are still dealing with mental health impacts of the pandemic,” said Loyalist College Acting President Mark Kirkpatrick. “Thrive Week was a way for our College community to come together and prioritize wellness and self-care without stigma or shame. We want our students to know they are not alone in their struggles and that many services are available for them on campus if they are struggling, including counselling and the College’s Wellness Discovery Series.”
The Wellness Discovery Series equips students with strategies to bolster mental health, build resiliency, and develop leadership skills. Workshops and certifications include Bystander Intervention, First Aid/CPR, Positive Space Training, and more. Additional sessions focusing on finding purpose, setting boundaries, and managing stress can help students build positive habits and life skills. Students who complete the Wellness Discovery Series learning pathway may be eligible for a certificate of recognition from the College.
“Wellness is not one-size-fits-all,” said Ron Byrne, Loyalist College Vice-President, Student Life and Leadership. “The Wellness Discovery Series is about building a safe and inclusive campus culture, in which our students can access a tool kit of wellness strategies and feel empowered to choose what works for them.”
In addition to the series, Loyalist College has many mental health support services for students, including free counselling services and the MySSP app, which offers 24/7 mental health support in multiple languages.
Learn more about Wellness at Loyalist College by visiting loyalistlife.com.
About Loyalist College
Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $396.3 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2021 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit loyalistcollege.com. To learn more about Loyalist College’s Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis and the College’s Applied Research and Innovation Office, visit loyalistappliedresearch.com.
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