Learning to Bounce

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2022

What is Learning to Bounce?

Learning to Bounce is a new pilot program for UofG undergraduate students whose mental health interferes with school. This practical 6-week program is designed to help you develop the inner resources and support systems to help you survive and thrive at university.

What makes it unique

You may have heard that skills like mindfulness, “finding balance” and self compassion would be helpful in your life. The challenge is that it can be really hard to apply these skills under the stress of a university semester. This program helps you apply resilience skills to your academics with lots of opportunities to practice and receive support and guidance along the way. We’ve looked at the tools that have the biggest impact on bouncing back from adversity and have adapted them to tackling academic tasks like:

  • getting started on a project that feels overwhelming to you
  • reaching out for help when you need it
  • recovering from an academic setback or failure
  • managing the complicated demands of university along with mental health symptoms

How big is the commitment?

  • The groups meets once a week for 1.5 hours over 6 weeks starting in October
  • There is an optional study hall once a week if you’d like to complete schoolwork in a supportive environment
  • There is an optional drop in with facilitators if you have follow up questions or need additional support to apply the skills you are learning

Who is this program designed for?

This program is designed specifically for undergraduate students with mental health symptoms that are interfering with the completion of schoolwork. If you struggle with procrastination, perfectionism or find that your mental health symptoms flare up when school stress increases this program may be for you.

Who is facilitating this program?

This program was designed by and will be delivered by Melissa Beacom and Tara Embrey, 2 occupational therapists who also have many years experience as student accessibility services (SAS) advisors working for students with mental health concerns.

What if being in a group is hard for me?

  • Participation in the group can take whatever form feels safe for you
  • There is a virtual group option as well as an in-person option
  • Every activity will be offered as an invitation and we remind students to respect their own boundaries
  • We do expect a commitment to the learning and an effort to attend each week

For dates, questions or more information please email us at ltb@uoguelph.ca or talk with your SAS advisor or counsellor

Exam Centre Deadline

Booking to use the SAS Exam Centre must be done 14 days before the test/exam and no later than November 1st (fall), March 1st (winter) and July 1st (summer). Login to Accessibility Online to book now.

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