Shine Mental Well-Being Week

SHINE: Mental Well-Being Awareness Week

The Mental Well-Being Educational Programming Committee is proud to present Shine: Mental Well-being Awareness Week from November 11 to November 17. Students and staff at the University of Guelph developed this initiative to promote mental wellness and provide students with resources to help support their mental well-being. All of the events during this week are FREE and all students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend. For a complete list of events, see below:

Social Media Campaign - November 11th – November 17th

Post a picture on social media at one of these events with our hashtag #WeSHINE and get a chance at winning a $25 gift card from Hospitality Services!

Monday, November 11th

Meditation - UC 225, 10:30-11:30am

Come try a meditation session, led by the student-run club Art of Living!

T-Shirt and Care Package Distribution - Raithby Porch, 12-2pm

The Wellness Education & Promotion Centre will be handing out FREE t-shirts and care packages!

Flu Shot Clinic - GGAC Small Gym, 10am-3pm

Looking to get your flu shot? Come drop by the Flu Shot Clinic run by Health Services, free for all students, staff and community members!

Straight Curve Film Screening - MACN 113, 5-7pm

Join the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre folks for a screening of the film Straight Curve, which addresses the issues of unrealistic body ideals and the lack of representation in the media. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, aimed at better understanding these issues, through the sharing of lived experiences.

Tuesday, November 12th

Resource Fair -  Athletics Lobby, 9am-4pm

Come out and learn about all the resources available to support you on campus! Different campus partners will be there with fun, interactive displays and giveaways.

Beyond the Books Training - UC 332, 9-10:30am

Beyond the Books is a face-to-face session that will first provide participants with general information on the prevalence of mental challenges. Participants will learn how to identify signs of distress and gain skills to engage in a preliminary discussion to determine if referral to a professional is necessary.

*Registration required through

Movies for Mental Health - UC 442, 5:30-7:30pm

Come watch short films and participate in a lively discussion around mental health. Find out more about mental health resources in the community, and enjoy free pizza!

Wednesday, November 13th

iChats - UC 535, 12-1pm

Are you an international student? Come out to meet fellow international students and chat about what mental wellness means to you. This event is developed by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and facilitated by Peers from the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre.

Learning from Failure Workshop - Library 384, 1:30-2:30pm

In this workshop run by the McLaughlin Library, learn strategies to help cope with failure and identify how experiencing failure can help in the future.

Mood Routes - outside JT Powell, 12-12:45pm

Looking to get some fresh air? Come out to a guided walk through the Arboretum to improve mental well-being and resilience.

Mindful Drawing with the Zentangle Method® Workshop - JT Powell 1146, 2-3:30pm

Take a study break! Come try out guided mindful drawing at this unique workshop. Run by Certified Zentangle ® Teacher, Barb Robbins, this workshop does not require any art experience. Free refreshments!

“Let’s Talk Mental Health” Panel -  MACN 113, 5:30-7pm

The University of Guelph’s first all-men’s mental health panel will share their own experiences with mental health. The panel will include students and staff from the University of Guelph.

Thursday, November 14th

SafeTALK Training - UC 441, 9am-12:30pm

SafeTALK is an alertness training that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. The SafeTALK trainer will demonstrate the importance of suicide alertness, assist participants to identify ways people invite help, and connect them with resources to help them when they are at risk.

*Registration required through

Yoga - JT Powell 1146, 12-1pm

Take a break and try out this relaxing yoga session, everyone is welcome!

Cooking Class with Lindzie O’Reilly - MINS 214, 5-7pm

Sign up to try a $3 cooking class with our campus dietician! Learn a new, healthy recipe you can use at home, and take home the food that you cook in the class.

*Registration required through

LGBTQ2IA+ Weekly Discussion Group - Raithby 100, 5:30-6:30pm

The LGBTQ2IA+ Weekly Discussion serves as an opportunity to discuss and share lived experiences of being part of the LGBTQ2IA+ communities. Snacks and refreshments are provided for all attendees. The term LGBTQ2IA+ represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, and others whose identities fall outside of heterosexual and cisgender paradigms.

Flu Shot Clinic - GGAC Small Gym, 10am-3pm

Looking to get your flu shot? Come drop by the Flu Shot Clinic run by Health Services, free for all students, staff and community members!

Friday, Novebmer 15th

Coping with Exam Anxiety Workshop -  Library 384, 10:30-11:30am

Feeling anxious about tests and exams? In this workshop run by the McLaughlin Library, learn strategies to help you cope with exam anxiety while preparing for exams.

*Registration required through

Mental Health Matchups - GGAC Main Gym, 6pm and 8pm

Mental Health Matchups are held during the Women’s Basketball Game at 6 pm and the Men’s Basketball Game at 8 pm, aiming to put the spotlight on mental health and student athletes. Both Basketball Games will be Guelph Gryphons vs. Ottawa Gee-Gees, and the games are free to attend for all U of G students!

Saturday, November 16th - Sunday Novebmer 17th

Flip the Script – Enhanced Acknowledge Assess Act - 11am-5:30 pm each day

Are you interested in reducing sexual violence in your community? Are you interested in personal self-defense? Are you looking for some awesome sex-ed? Flip the Script is a 2-day program that offers attendees ways to resist sexual violence. It flips the script of how women are socialized to act and empowers them to identify and address situations where sexual violence might occur. Anyone who identifies as a woman is welcome to attend training. *Registration required through