Education & Support Programs
Student Recovery Community
The Student Recovery Community is an online space for folks who are interested in making changes to their substance use behaviours. This peer-led space provides opportunities for students to share their experiences and challenges with substance use and success in recovery.
Students who are interested in participating in the recovery community are encouraged to email email@example.com to meet 1:1 with a peer facilitator – another student who has made changes to their substance use behaviours and to learn more about the group.
The group currently meets on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm on MS Teams.
“As far as what the has given me.... it’s given me an opportunity to connect with like-minded people so I don’t feel as alone.” – SRC participant
A facilitated 7-week interactive, skills-based workshop to boost overall well-being. Topics include mindfulness, gratitude, optimism, self-compassion, and effective stress management strategies. SHINE is offered in several concurrent groups including specific groups for BIPOC students, graduate students, and first year students living in residence. Students can register for upcoming sessions via Gryphlife.
“I found it really beneficial to expose myself to uncomfortable situations because I was able to grow as a person and gain confidence in my ability to reach out to others! Joining online communities this year has not only been a fun experience, but it has also helped me build a larger support system. Moreover, it introduced me to a new network of friends as it encouraged me to foster new relationships." – SHINE participant
USHINE is a peer mentoring program that empowers students to develop lifelong successful habits to boost well-being. Students can meet one-to-one with a USHINE Peer Mentor to identify wellness goals and create a personalized wellness plan to meet these goals. Topics include sleep, nutrition, exercise, and much more.
The Body Project is a workshop that aims to promote positive body image, reduce body shaming, and encourage folks to accept themselves as they are. Students can register for upcoming sessions via Gryphlife.
Graduate Student Support Circles
The Graduate Student Support Circles (GSSC) is a group of graduate student participants and graduate student facilitators, who come together weekly to provide social and emotional support for each other.
The GSSC provides a confidential safe space unique and specific to graduate students and facilitates open dialogue to build supportive relationships among participants. New circles start each semester.