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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 Health 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. 26 to 31, 2020.

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: January 2020

Sunday, Jan. 26

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

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

8 p.m. – 8:45 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.

 Monday, Jan. 27

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | ‘Let’s Taco Bout It’ Mental Health Resource Fair

  • Location: The Concourse
  • Description: Come learn about mental health resources available on campus and in the community, and grab a free taco while you are here! While supplies last.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Peer Walking Group

  • Location: Meet at statue of Wilfrid Laurier 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 monthly event.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Yoga Class

  • Location: Athletic Complex, studio 4
  • Description: For students, staff and faculty looking to de-stress, unwind and work on their flexibility. This is a weekly event.

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.

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.

 Tuesday, Jan. 28

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Make Your Own Trail Mix

  • Location: Athletic Complex, lobby
  • Description: Come to the lobby to make your own trail mix! While supplies last.

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. – 1:50 p.m. | Yoga for Mental Health

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre, SS 1-107
  • 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.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Self-Care & Resilience

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre, SS 1-107
  • Description: Part of the Ride the Wave series, this workshop offers simple but effective strategies to help you learn how your habits can impact your sense of well-being and your ability to cope throughout the day.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Careers in Mental Health Panel

  • Location: Career Centre, Rm 101
  • Description: Thinking about how, where, and if to start a career in mental health? This panel of practitioners and professionals will change the way you think about roles in mental health. Hear their stories, get your answers, make connections, create opportunities.

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

  • Location: Athletic Complex, studio 4
  • Description: TBD

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.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Mindful Movement Meditation

  • Location: Athletic Complex, studio 2
  • Description: Visit this class to learn more about meditation and practice some techniques to take away!

10 p.m. | Bingo with Twan

  • Location: Wilf’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Description: TBD

Wednesday, Jan. 29

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Bell Let’s Talk Day

  • Location: Athletic Complex, lobby
  • Description: Come celebrate Bell Let’s Talk Day in the AC and share messages of hope in support of mental health awareness. The first few hundred students to participate will receive a free Bell Let’s Talk toque! While supplies last.

11 a.m. – noon | Self-Care & Resilience

  • Location: Wellness Education Centre, SS 1-107
  • Description: Part of the Ride the Wave series, this workshop offers simple but effective strategies to help you learn how your habits can impact your sense of well-being and your ability to cope throughout the day.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Keynote Speaker - Ryan Martin's Ride for Mental Health

  • Location: Paul Martin Centre
  • Description: Ryan (Class of 2016) will share his rollercoaster journey with mental health and how, over the past 8 years, he is learning to take control. It's an honest story of vulnerability, resilience, and acceptance. Ryan's journey has taken him on a cross-Canada bike ride for mental health and now working at Jack.org - Canada's leading youth mental health charity. Ryan has so much to share about managing our mental health and supporting our peers and does it in a high energy, light-hearted way.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Mindful Movement Meditation

  • Location: Athletic Complex, multipurpose room
  • Description: Visit this class to learn more about meditation and practice some techniques to take away!

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, Jan. 30

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 Thursdays.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Connect over Cocoa with the Dean of Students

  • Location: The Concourse
  • Description: Join Kate McCrae Bristol, our Dean of Students, as well as members of our Student Wellness Centre team in the Concourse for a cup of cocoa and chat about mental health on campus!

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.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Mindfulness Care Package Giveaway

  • Location: Across campus
  • Description: Spot the Peer Wellness Educators handing out care packages with instructions of how to be mindful in simple moments, like enjoying a hot serving of hot chocolate, vegetable soup, or oatmeal!

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.

Friday, Jan. 31

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.

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.

Please stay tuned for a complete list of events for Thrive on the Brantford campus January 26-31, 2020.

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.