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Thrive Week

About Thrive

Thrive is a weeklong series of free events to build positive mental health on campus. Thrive began at the University of British Columbia in 2009. Laurier adopted the program in 2017 and now runs Thrive Week every October and January on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

Popular Thrive Week events have included Therapy Dog Yoga, Chocolate Art Therapy, and our Self-Care and Resilience workshop.

Thrive is overseen by Laurier's Mental Heath Advisory Committee, and incorporates student input and feedback when planning the week.

If you are interested in collaborating with Thrive Week, contact Nathan Reeve on the Waterloo campus, and contact Jodie Lockey-Duesling on the Brantford campus.

Thrive Weeks 2019/20

This year, Thrive is taking place Oct. 6 to 11, 2019 and Jan. 27 to 31, 2020.

The following events are included as a part of Thrive for October 2019. All events are free and registration is not required. Note that all students are welcome to attend these events.

Share on social media how you thrive at Laurier by using #IThriveatLaurier.

Waterloo Thrive Week: October 2019

Sunday, Oct. 6

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. | Glow in the Dark Zumba

  • Location: Athletic Complex, studio 1
  • Description: Enjoy a fun cardio-dance workout, glow in the dark themed. Glow sticks will be provided.

8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. | Glow in the Dark Cycle Fit

  • Location: Athletic Complex, cycle studio
  • Description: Enjoy a cardio workout on the cycle bikes, glow in the dark themed. Glow sticks will be provided.

Monday, Oct. 7

10 a.m. | Kickoff Pancake Breakfast

  • Location: The Concourse
  • Description: Come enjoy a free pancake breakfast to kick off Thrive! Come learn what is happening during Thrive this year and chat with members of Laurier's senior administration and student leaders (While supplies last.)

Noon | Yoga for Mental Health

  • Location: Paul Martin Centre
  • Description: Learn to stretch your mind and body through restorative yoga poses and meditative exercises and leave feeling refreshed and calmer! Mats are available but are in limited supply. Please bring your own if you have one. This is a weekly event.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Mood Walks

  • Location: Meet at statue of Wilfrid in the Quad
  • Description: Join the peer wellness educators for a social walk in nature as we walk to Waterloo Park. Learn how nature and exercise can affect your overall mood. This is a weekly event.

3 p.m. | Thrive Kit Giveaway

  • Location: Concourse
  • Description: Be one of the first in line to get your own Thrive Kit! This free mental health toolkit is designed to provide you with tools to practice grounding and mindfulness in times of stress and anxiety. Come early as they run out quickly.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Heels Dance Class

  • Location: Athletic Complex, studio 4
  • Description: Come to this drop-in class where you will learn sassy choreography focused on dancing in heels.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Career Planning for Stress Reduction

  • Location: Career Centre, room 101
  • Description: Are you not sure where you're headed? Do you know what you want but you are not sure how to get there? Attend this career planning workshop to learn how to gather relevant information, insights and resources to explore opportunities and how to develop a plan to get there. Help reduce stress by planning ahead and learning what supports the Career Centre can offer you.

12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. | Yoga Class

  • Location: Athletic Complex, multi-purpose room
  • Description: For students, staff and faculty looking to de-stress, unwind and work on their flexibility.

1 p.m. | Thrive Kit Giveaway

  • Location: Peters 226, Writing & Learning Lab
  • Description: Be one of the first in line to get your own Thrive Kit! This free mental health toolkit is designed to provide you with tools to practice grounding and mindfulness in times of stress and anxiety. Come early as they run out quickly. While supplies last.

1 p.m. | Sign the Love Ball

  • Location: Starting at the Quad
  • Description: Join Peer Connect as they roll their giant five feet wide 'love ball' across campus. Sign the ball with a warm and inspiring message to spread some love across campus. The ball will start rolling in the Quad but will make its way across campus until 3 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Coping with Difficulty

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre
  • Description: Part of the Ride the Wave series, this workshop offers simple but effective strategies to help you develop distress tolerance skills in order to cope when times get tough.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Weekly Yoga Class

  • Location: Athletic Complex, studio 4
  • Description: For students and members looking to de-stress, unwind and work on their flexibility. This class will continue every Tuesday until Nov. 26.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

All day | Free Group Exercise Classes

  • Location: Athletic Complex, various locations
  • Description: Enjoy free group exercise classes all day at the Athletic Complex! Visit laurierathletics.com/recschedules to see a full listing of all the group exercise classes we offer on Wednesdays.

11 a.m. – noon | Coping with Difficulty

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre
  • Description: Part of the Ride the Wave series, this workshop offers simple but effective strategies to help you develop distress tolerance skills in order to cope when times get tough. Please note this is a repeat of the workshop on Tuesday.

Noon – 1 p.m. | Art Therapy Lunch and Learn

  • Location: Paul Martin Centre
  • Description: Presented by Neta Deonarain-Gear from Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, join this session for an introduction to art therapy.

2 p.m. | Thrive Kit Giveaway!

  • Location: Athletic Complex, front lobby
  • Description: Be one of the first in line to get your own Thrive Kit! This free mental health toolkit is designed to provide you with tools to practice grounding and mindfulness in times of stress and anxiety. Come early as they run out quickly. While supplies last.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | From Surviving to Thriving

  • Location: Paul Martin Centre
  • Description: Unpack your stressors and recognize tools and resources to help you address them in your life. Take time to reflect on your current stressors, explore personal strengths identify your support network, all to help build your own resilience.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Open Contemporary Dance Class

  • Location: Athletic Complex, studio 2
  • Description: Come to this drop-in class where you will learn choreography that focuses on natural movement, creativity, expression, technique, and body awareness.

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. | "Speak Up" with Bridging the Gap

  • Location: Paul Martin Centre
  • Description: Join Bridging the Gap for this student-led event. Speak Up is a safe space for Golden Hawks to come and listen to each other's mental health stories. It gives students the opportunity to openly share if they are comfortable to do so or just sit and listen while supporting other fellow students. Let's break the stigma, one story at a time.

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Rock Climbing

  • Location: Athletic Complex, rock wall
  • Description: Test your strength at our climbing wall with a variety of climbing routes. Shoes and equipment are provided.

Thursday, Oct. 10

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Trail Mix and Protein Shake Giveaway

  • Location: Athletic Complex, front lobby
  • Description: Come make your own trail mix, or grab a protein shake after your workout. While supplies last.

11 a.m. | Thrive Kit Giveaway!

  • Location: Hawk’s Nest
  • Description: Be one of the first in line to get your own Thrive Kit! This free mental health toolkit is designed to provide you with tools to practice grounding and mindfulness in times of stress and anxiety. Come early as they run out quickly. While supplies last.

Noon – 1 p.m. | Chilling with Dogs

  • Location: Martin Luther University College
  • Description: De-stress with some four-legged friends. This event runs every week over the lunch hour and is open to all students, faculty and staff.

12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. | Yoga Class

  • Location: Athletic Complex, multi-purpose room
  • Description: For students, staff, and faculty looking to de-stress, unwind, and work on their flexibility.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Helping a Friend with Their Mental Health

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre
  • Description: Part of the Wellness 101 series, this workshop will provide you with strategies for how you can support friends with their mental health, while maintaining your own.

6 p.m. | Grad Student Cooking Class

  • Location: Veritas Cafe
  • Description: Join the Graduate Student Association for a healthy cooking class. Learn to make a healthy meal prep recipe right on campus! This event is open to graduate students only and registration is required. Space is limited.

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Rock Climbing

  • Location: Athletic Complex, rock wall
  • Description: Test your strength at our climbing wall with a variety of climbing routes. Shoes and equipment are provided.

8 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. | Grad Student Yoga Class

  • Location: Kitchener Campus Auditorium
  • Description: Join the Graduate Student Association for a free yoga class! This event is open to graduate students only and registration is required.

Friday, Oct. 11

10 a.m. – noon | Fresh Fruit Friday

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre
  • Description: Collect a free piece of fresh fruit to fuel your mind and body. While supplies last. This event runs every week for fall and winter semester.

Noon | Thrive Kit Giveaway

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre
  • Description: Be one of the first in line to get your own Thrive Kit! This free mental health toolkit is designed to provide you with tools to practice grounding and mindfulness in times of stress and anxiety. Come early as they run out quickly. While supplies last.

1 p.m – 4 p.m. | Wellness Recharge Space

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre
  • Description: Feeling low on your mental or social battery? Visit this event for quiet, mindful activities, snacks, and resources to recharge.

Brantford Thrive Week: October 2019

Monday, Oct. 7

All Day | Mindful Mantras on the Chalkboard Wall with LOCUS

  • Location: RAC Lobby

All Week | Take the Headspace Challenge

  • Description: Download the Headspace app, complete the daily meditation, track your participation, and submit proof of your participation to the Accessible Learning centre at the end of the week to be entered in to the draw for an awesome prize!

8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. | Barre Fitness Class

  • Location: LB YMCA, studio A

10 a.m. – noon | Kickoff Pancake Breakfast

  • Location: One Market
  • Description: Come enjoy a free pancake breakfast to kick off Thrive! Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome.

Noon – 1 p.m. | Mood Walks

  • Location: Meet out front of the Student Centre Building (Darling Street entrance)
  • Description: Join us for a walk to digest those delicious pancakes and catch a breath of fresh air with a group of students, staff, and faculty committed to improving their mood through physical activity and community! Snacks provided.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Golden Rules Presentation

  • Location: Student Centre Building, multipurpose room
  • Description: Learn about The Golden Rules, a new and exciting resiliency program for students. The Golden Rules aims to help you move from surviving to thriving at university by helping you build resiliency skills that will allow you to adapt to stressful situations or challenges you encounter. This overview session will provide ten tips for developing resiliency, and will review the main themes of the 5-module series we will be offering in the Winter 2020 term. Join us for some refreshments and a great discussion about how you can thrive at Laurier!

2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Social Justice School Yard 

  • Location: RAC Lobby
  • Description: Join the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for this event! Featuring old school games and snacks with a social justice flair! Bracelet making, video games, paper fortune tellers, Pogs and more! Come out for a fruit roll-up with a friend!

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Cedar Medicine Tea Foot Soaks

  • Location: Indigenous Student Centre
  • Description: Space is limited! So get here early!

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. | CycleFit Fitness Class

  • Location: LB YMCA, studio C

Tuesday, Oct. 8

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Wellness Carnival

  • Location: RAC Lobby and Davis Fuels Walkway
  • Description: Stop by for fall treats, info booths, wellness activities, raffle prizes, Henna for Healing, Carpool Karaoke in the parking lot and the ever-popular HAWK Kit giveaways!

5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. | Bootcamp Fitness Class

  • Location: LB YMCA, studio B

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Yoga Fitness Class

  • Location: LB YMCA, studio A

Wednesday, Oct. 9

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Muscle Fit Fitness Class

  • Location: LB YMCA, studio B

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Golden Rules Presentation

  • Location: Student Centre Building, multipurpose room
  • Description: Another opportunity to learn about The Golden Rules, a new and exciting resiliency program for students. The Golden Rules aims to help you move from surviving to thriving at university by helping you build resiliency skills that will allow you to adapt to stressful situations or challenges you encounter. This overview session will provide ten tips for developing resiliency, and will review the main themes of the 5-module series we will be offering in the Winter 2020 term. Join us for some refreshments and a great discussion about how you can thrive at Laurier!

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Relaxing Tips, Friends, and Colouring

  • Location: Student Centre Building, multipurpose room
  • Description: Need a place to take a break and relax? Drop in to the MPR to colour with Peer Connect and catch episodes of Friends being played all afternoon!

Noon – 1 p.m. | Big White Wall Lunch & Learn

  • Location: DAL 007
  • Description: Bring your lunch and come check out this webinar about Big White Wall, an online mental health and well-being service offering self-help programs, creative outlets, and a community that care.

Noon – 2 p.m. | Conestoga International Connect to Health Services Workshop (Thrive Week edition)

  • Location: 274 Colbourne Street, room 136

Noon | Thriving in Progress: Here at Laurier

  • Location: Veritas Cafe Brantford (1 Market St.) 
  • Description: Come and join the Graduate Student Association for an opportunity to discuss the realities of grad student stress and the importance of coming together to support one another on this journey. Light lunch provided. This event is open to graduate students only and registration is required.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Make and Take Soap Works, Face Cream, and Lip Balms

  • Location: Indigenous Student Centre 

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Brantford Mentorship Reception

  • Location: SCJ Lobby 
  • Description: Join Laurier alumni for an informal networking opportunity to get your career questions answered. Refreshments provided.

8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. | Zumba Fitness Class

  • Location:  LB YMCA, studio A

Thursday, Oct. 10

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | International Fairtrade Cafe

  • Location: Laurier International, OM 310
  • Description: Join us for tea, coffee, healthy snacks and global community in our bright new space! Hosted by World University of Canada, Intercultural Students Association of Brantford, Global Engagement Student Ambassadors and International Student Leaders.

Noon – 1 p.m. | Soup and Bannock Lunch

  • Location: Indigenous Student Centre

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Body Boost

  • Location: LB YMCA Single Gymnasium
  • Description: Students can drop in and participate in a Circuit Course Challenge to try and get the best time! The top 3 winners at the end of the day will take home a prize pack. Free smoothies will be given out to any student that participates! Get in on the #SweatySelfie Social Media contest run by Athletics for more chances to win!

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. | Zumba Fitness Class

  • Location:  LB YMCA, studio B

9 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Board Game Night Out

  • Location: Devlin's Advocate
  • Description: All work and no play lately? It's important to make time for fun! Come out to Devlin's Advocate for a fun evening of board games with Peer Connect and Hawk Team!

Friday, Oct. 11

ALL DAY | Fresh Fruit Friday

  • Location: Wellness Centre 
  • Description: Collect a free piece of fresh fruit to fuel your mind and body! While supplies last. This event runs every week of the Fall and Winter semesters.

ALL DAY | Headspace Challenge Submissions are due

  • Description: Email proof of your participation (send a screenshot or the app-generate report) to lbaccessiblelearning@wlu.ca to have your name entered in the prize draw!

10 a.m. – noon | Fall Farmer's Market Outing with Conestoga College

  • Location: Meet outside 250 Colbourne Street
  • Description: Join Student Engagement on a walk to the Brantford Farmer's Market! Look for staff and volunteers in bright orange t-shirts! We will have some coffee and then walk down together to explore the Farmer's Market (approximately a 6 minute walk)! Feel free to stay as long as you want, or walk back with us again at noon and check out the Wellness Expo!

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. | CoreFitness Class

  • Location:  LB YMCA, studio B

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. | HIIT Fitness Class

  • Location:  LB YMCA, studio B

Feedback

Have feedback regarding Thrive or other mental health programming? Are there events you would like to see? Topics that are not covered? Contact Nathan Reeve with your feedback or ideas.