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Diversity is a strength! We can uplift those around us by standing with them when they face adversity and by fighting fo...
08/19/2021

Diversity is a strength! We can uplift those around us by standing with them when they face adversity and by fighting for equality, inclusion, and accessibility. It is important to celebrate our differences as well as our similarities.

#HateHasNoHomeHere #EveryChildMatters #Pride #TransRightsAreHumanRights #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #DisabilityPride #Love #LoveNotHate #Equality #EqualityForAll #OkanaganCharter #McMasterUniversity

Diversity is a strength! We can uplift those around us by standing with them when they face adversity and by fighting for equality, inclusion, and accessibility. It is important to celebrate our differences as well as our similarities.

#HateHasNoHomeHere #EveryChildMatters #Pride #TransRightsAreHumanRights #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #DisabilityPride #Love #LoveNotHate #Equality #EqualityForAll #OkanaganCharter #McMasterUniversity

From our friends at @msu_shec. Thanks for the great and useful information  Posted @withregram • @msu_shec Vax Facts Ale...
08/13/2021

From our friends at @msu_shec. Thanks for the great and useful information

Posted @withregram • @msu_shec Vax Facts Alert! As people are starting to receive their second doses of various COVID-19 vaccines, there might be lingering questions about the vaccines themselves. Follow along today’s slides to get answers to some general COVID-19 vaccine questions.

Heading into day 3 of the Communicable Diseases and Xenophobia campaign, we will be learning more about cultural appropriation and traditional medicines. 💊

Here we celebrate diversity and stand with those fighting for equality, accessibility, and inclusion.#HateHasNoHomeHere ...
08/12/2021

Here we celebrate diversity and stand with those fighting for equality, accessibility, and inclusion.

#HateHasNoHomeHere #EveryChildMatters #Pride #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #DisabilityPride #Love #LoveNotHate #Equality #EqualityForAll #OkanaganCharter #McMasterUniversity

Here we celebrate diversity and stand with those fighting for equality, accessibility, and inclusion.

#HateHasNoHomeHere #EveryChildMatters #Pride #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #DisabilityPride #Love #LoveNotHate #Equality #EqualityForAll #OkanaganCharter #McMasterUniversity

The Okanagan Mental Health and Well-being Task Force would like to introduce the Compassionate Communication Toolkit!#Br...
08/11/2021
Compassionate communication toolkit for McMaster leaders now available

The Okanagan Mental Health and Well-being Task Force would like to introduce the Compassionate Communication Toolkit!
#BrighterWorld #McMaster

To support faculty, staff and student leaders, the McMaster Okanagan Committee is proud to introduce a toolkit to facilitate clear and compassionate communication.

It’s #MentalHealthMonday! This week we have an important message from Britain’s bronze medal pole-vaulter, Holly Bradsha...
08/09/2021

It’s #MentalHealthMonday! This week we have an important message from Britain’s bronze medal pole-vaulter, Holly Bradshaw. Bradshaw reminds us that it’s important to celebrate the positives and learn from the negatives. She faced a long journey to bronze but her hard work and commitment to learning from shortcoming has made her an olympic medalist. Celebrating our achievements can improve our confidence and learning from mistakes can improve our character. It can be difficult to stay positive in the wake of “not so good days,” but remembering Bradshaw’s words can help us to maintain self esteem.

#MentalHealthMonday #McMasterMentalHealth #McMasterUniversity #McMaster #MentalHealthAwareness #SelfCareMatters #Confidence #SelfEsteem #Olympics #BronzeMedal #HollyBradshaw #GoodDays #BePositive #Positivity #EndtheStigma #OkanaganCharter

It's #MentalHealthMonday! This week we have an important message from Britain’s bronze medal pole-vaulter, Holly Bradsha...
08/09/2021

It's #MentalHealthMonday! This week we have an important message from Britain’s bronze medal pole-vaulter, Holly Bradshaw; it’s important to welcome good feelings and learn from bad ones. Bradshaw faced a long journey to bronze, but her hard work and commitment to learning from shortcomings has made her an Olympic medalist: “I was queen of the fourth, fifth and sixth. But it finally did and I can’t believe it.” Focusing on the positives can help us in building our confidence and improving our self-esteem. Bradshaw teaches us that "not so good days" are opportunities for growth.

#MentalHealthMonday #McMasterMentalHealth #McMasterUniversity #McMaster #MentalHealthAwareness #SelfCareMatters #Confidence #SelfEsteem #Growth #GoodDays #Positivity #EndtheStigma #OkanaganCharter #HollyBradshaw

07/08/2021

July 8th is Be A Kid Again Day and we are encouraging everyone to celebrate. Do you remember the fun and freedom you had as a kid? (especially during the summer break) So today treat yourself and relax. Take a break and enjoy yourself.

Get out and play! Stay indoors an do some crafts! Take a nap! Eat your favourite snack! However you choose to celebrate do it for yourself – you’ve earned the fun.
#mcmaster #beakidagain #havefun #naptime #mcmasterokanagan

Did you know today is Global Forgiveness Day? Hand in hand with forgiveness is the  apology.Posted @withregram • @the.lo...
07/07/2021

Did you know today is Global Forgiveness Day? Hand in hand with forgiveness is the apology.

Posted @withregram • @the.love.therapist ⁠⁠
Have you learned the art of apology? Why does what one person considers to be an apology not the same as what another person considers to be an apology? It’s because there are many different Apology Languages or ways of saying “I’m sorry.” ⁠⁠
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For many people, there is one language of apology that is most important; that type of apology truly feels like an apology. Sometimes if another Apology Language is used, it doesn’t feel like an apology. There’s a disconnect; you are simply speaking different languages. I see this often with couples - one partner tries to apologize but the sincerity isn’t felt by the other partner because they aren’t apologizing in a way that feels meaningful to that person. ⁠⁠
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Often we learn our Apology Language from our parents. How did your parents model apologizing? Did they apologize? How did they teach you to apologize when you hurt someone? ⁠⁠
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If you can learn the Apology Languages of those around you, your apology will feel more sincere and it will make forgiveness easier. Start to notice what type of apology they respond to best. You can even show this post to them and ask them what their Apology Language is! It is so helpful to have these discussions in the beginning of a relationship. Then, when an apology is needed, you know how to apologize in a way that feels meaningful and sincere to the other person. ⁠⁠
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If you can learn your own Apology Language, you will be able to ask for the type of apology you really need. ⁠⁠
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What is your primary Apology Language? Share below! ⁠⁠
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Let’s #healtogether ⁠⁠
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*The 5 Languages of Apology were founded by Dr. Jennifer Thomas and Gary Chapman. To learn more, read their book, “The Five Languages of Apology.” In their research they asked hundreds of people two questions: 1. “When you apologize, what do you typically say or do?” 2. “When someone apologizes to you, what do you expect to hear them say or do?”

Posted @withregram • @youth_mental_health Stop saying #sorry for #boundaries #healthyboundaries #mentalhealth #emotions ...
07/07/2021

Posted @withregram • @youth_mental_health Stop saying #sorry for #boundaries #healthyboundaries #mentalhealth #emotions #feelings #mentalhealthmatters #ymhc

Posted @withregram • @youth_mental_health Stop saying #sorry for #boundaries #healthyboundaries #mentalhealth #emotions #feelings #mentalhealthmatters #ymhc

Exciting opportunity to get us out and active this summer! ☀️• @macrecreation Join @naturemcmaster in a new monthly virt...
06/16/2021

Exciting opportunity to get us out and active this summer! ☀️• @macrecreation Join @naturemcmaster in a new monthly virtual series highlighting natural areas to explore in Southern Ontario!

Exciting opportunity to get us out and active this summer! ☀️• @macrecreation Join @naturemcmaster in a new monthly virtual series highlighting natural areas to explore in Southern Ontario!

It’s #MentalHealthMonday, our series in collaboration with the McMaster Okanagan Mental Health Task Force! Being kind an...
06/14/2021

It’s #MentalHealthMonday, our series in collaboration with the McMaster Okanagan Mental Health Task Force! Being kind and doing good involve actions that are selfless or a mindset that puts others’ well-being before our own. This behaviour improves not only personal mental health and well-being, but also helps foster a community and culture of care. Everyone is capable of being kinder in their day-to-day lives, where even small acts of goodwill can be just as beneficial as grand gestures of altruism. Here are some steps you can take to be kinder and happier:
• Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.
• Help others with small chores like cooking for your significant other or running an errand for your parents.
• Volunteer at an animal or homeless shelter.
• Take care of yourself by reading a book to exercise your mind or going to the gym to exercise your body.
• Forgive someone who may have hurt you or who you may have had a falling out with.

A reminder that the MHTF is currently seeking feedback from all members of the McMaster community to help inform our recommendations! Please share your ideas about issues impacting the mental health and well-being of faculty, staff and students at McMaster and any ideas, strategies or solutions you want to suggest. The link to the feedback form can be found in our bio!

#MentalHealthMonday #McMasterMentalHealth #McMasterUniversity #MentalHealthAwareness #SelfCareMatters #BeKind #DesmondTutu #Empathy #EndtheStigma #OkanaganCharter

It’s #MentalHealthMonday, our series in collaboration with the McMaster Okanagan Mental Health Task Force! Being kind and doing good involve actions that are selfless or a mindset that puts others’ well-being before our own. This behaviour improves not only personal mental health and well-being, but also helps foster a community and culture of care. Everyone is capable of being kinder in their day-to-day lives, where even small acts of goodwill can be just as beneficial as grand gestures of altruism. Here are some steps you can take to be kinder and happier:
• Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.
• Help others with small chores like cooking for your significant other or running an errand for your parents.
• Volunteer at an animal or homeless shelter.
• Take care of yourself by reading a book to exercise your mind or going to the gym to exercise your body.
• Forgive someone who may have hurt you or who you may have had a falling out with.

A reminder that the MHTF is currently seeking feedback from all members of the McMaster community to help inform our recommendations! Please share your ideas about issues impacting the mental health and well-being of faculty, staff and students at McMaster and any ideas, strategies or solutions you want to suggest. The link to the feedback form can be found in our bio!

#MentalHealthMonday #McMasterMentalHealth #McMasterUniversity #MentalHealthAwareness #SelfCareMatters #BeKind #DesmondTutu #Empathy #EndtheStigma #OkanaganCharter

Check out this amazing opportunity to get involved as a research participant! 🎶🎵| Would you like to participate in a pro...
06/14/2021

Check out this amazing opportunity to get involved as a research participant! 🎶🎵| Would you like to participate in a proactive wellness study exploring the impact of online group verbal or music therapy for the management of stress and anxiety? Please review the information below and email us at [email protected] to ask any questions and/or to participate.

Purpose of the Study:

We are exploring how online group therapy can improve two major components of mental health (anxiety and stress) in undergraduate university students. Music interventions are not part of the standard of care for mental health and well-being and we are exploring this alternative. This study compares online music therapy groups to online verbal-based group therapy. Anxiety and stress outcomes will be measured using standardized assessments and physiological measures (heart rate variability from an app for your phone and cortisol from a sample of your hair. The data from this study has the potential to help inform proactive mental health support for undergraduate students on campus.

Procedures involved in the Research:

If you choose to participate in this study you will be randomly assigned to 1 of 5 groups.     
                  
1)  Online Music Therapy Group – Receptive interventions (Tuesdays, 5-6)

.2)  Online Music Therapy Group – Active interventions (Thursdays, 5-6)

.3)  Online Verbal-based Therapy Group (Thursdays, 5-6)

.4)  Wait listed group

.5)  Control group

If you are assigned to one of the therapy groups, you will be asked to commit to attending the group each week for six weeks, as per the day/time stated above. If you are assigned to the Wait listed or Control group, you will be asked to participate in data collection on week 1 and 6 of the study. ( Week 1: June 21, Week 6: July 26)

Check out this amazing opportunity to get involved as a research participant! 🎶🎵| Would you like to participate in a proactive wellness study exploring the impact of online group verbal or music therapy for the management of stress and anxiety? Please review the information below and email us at [email protected] to ask any questions and/or to participate.

Purpose of the Study:

We are exploring how online group therapy can improve two major components of mental health (anxiety and stress) in undergraduate university students. Music interventions are not part of the standard of care for mental health and well-being and we are exploring this alternative. This study compares online music therapy groups to online verbal-based group therapy. Anxiety and stress outcomes will be measured using standardized assessments and physiological measures (heart rate variability from an app for your phone and cortisol from a sample of your hair. The data from this study has the potential to help inform proactive mental health support for undergraduate students on campus.

Procedures involved in the Research:

If you choose to participate in this study you will be randomly assigned to 1 of 5 groups.     
                  
1)  Online Music Therapy Group – Receptive interventions (Tuesdays, 5-6)

.2)  Online Music Therapy Group – Active interventions (Thursdays, 5-6)

.3)  Online Verbal-based Therapy Group (Thursdays, 5-6)

.4)  Wait listed group

.5)  Control group

If you are assigned to one of the therapy groups, you will be asked to commit to attending the group each week for six weeks, as per the day/time stated above. If you are assigned to the Wait listed or Control group, you will be asked to participate in data collection on week 1 and 6 of the study. ( Week 1: June 21, Week 6: July 26)

The McMaster Okanagan Committee would like to express its deepest sadness over the horrific act of terrorism yesterday i...
06/08/2021

The McMaster Okanagan Committee would like to express its deepest sadness over the horrific act of terrorism yesterday in London. Words cannot heal what was done but we wish to add our voices in support of the end of Islamophobia. Hate has no place here.

Posted @withregram • @mcmasterswc Yesterday, our community was shaken as we heard the news of yet another act of hate that has taken the lives of four members of a Muslim family, and forever changed the life of their surviving youngest family member.

This is the latest in a long chain of painful tragedies for our Muslim community and racialized communities. We have barely had the time to catch our breath from grieving the last piece of devastating news.

The Student Wellness Centre encourages everyone to take time to rest and prioritize your well-being. In these times when many may be feeling unsafe and unsupported, know that you deserve peace. Allow yourself to feel whatever you may be feeling, take breaks from the news and social media if you need to, and remember that you are not alone.

Resources for students who may be distressed by the news:

• Naseeha (Muslim youth helpline) 1-866-627-3342 (available everyday between 12pm-12am EST, 9am-9pm PST, by phone or text)

• SWC’s BIPOC Resiliency & Peer Support group (to register & find more info, visit https://wellness.mcmaster.ca/program/bipoc-resilience-and-peer-support/)

• SWC counselling: call 905-525-9140 x27700 between 9am-5pm Mon-Fri to book an appointment (for students in Ontario)

• Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454 (available 24/7, for undergrad students in Ontario)

• EmpowerMe: Visit https://gsa.mcmaster.ca/services/empower-me/ to find the helpline number in your location (available 24/7, for all local and overseas grad students, multilingual)

• RealCampus: 1-877-390-7325 (available 24/7, for all local and overseas undergrad students, multilingual)

It’s #MentalHealthMonday, our series in collaboration with the McMaster Okanagan Mental Health Task Force! For many peop...
06/08/2021

It’s #MentalHealthMonday, our series in collaboration with the McMaster Okanagan Mental Health Task Force! For many people, the concept of self-love might conjure images of tree-hugging hippies or cheesy self-help books. But self-love and -compassion are proven to be key for mental health and well-being and keeping depression and anxiety at bay. Learning to embrace self-care strategies helps us remember that we are our best things in life that require care and attention!

A reminder that the MHTF is currently seeking feedback from all members of the McMaster community to help inform our recommendations! Please share your ideas about issues impacting the mental health and well-being of faculty, staff and students at McMaster and any ideas, strategies or solutions you want to suggest. The link to the feedback form can be found in our bio!

Quote is from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

#MentalHealthMonday #McMasterMentalHealth #McMasterUniversity #MentalHealthAwareness #SelfCareMatters #BeKind #ToniMorrison #Empathy #EndtheStigma #OkanaganCharter

It’s #MentalHealthMonday, our series in collaboration with the McMaster Okanagan Mental Health Task Force! For many people, the concept of self-love might conjure images of tree-hugging hippies or cheesy self-help books. But self-love and -compassion are proven to be key for mental health and well-being and keeping depression and anxiety at bay. Learning to embrace self-care strategies helps us remember that we are our best things in life that require care and attention!

A reminder that the MHTF is currently seeking feedback from all members of the McMaster community to help inform our recommendations! Please share your ideas about issues impacting the mental health and well-being of faculty, staff and students at McMaster and any ideas, strategies or solutions you want to suggest. The link to the feedback form can be found in our bio!

Quote is from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

#MentalHealthMonday #McMasterMentalHealth #McMasterUniversity #MentalHealthAwareness #SelfCareMatters #BeKind #ToniMorrison #Empathy #EndtheStigma #OkanaganCharter

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Starting shortly at 6pm! Please welcome Franz Plangger, the Executive Director of the Outdoor Council of Canada. Franz will be running a Q and A with any questions you have related to getting outside in Canada. https://mcmaster.zoom.us/j/9416359214?pwd=TzBkSnFTTDhpcFVSUjVvNjViY013UT09 Meeting ID: 941 635 9214 Passcode: macoutdoor https://fb.me/e/3h9XgtpVG