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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.

Brantford Thrive Week: January 2020

The spirit of Thrive Week will be alive throughout the winter term at Laurier’s Brantford campus with workshops dedicated to each of the seven dimensions of wellness. Attend each workshop or complete the related reflective exercise to have your wellness passport stamped and entered into a prize draw. Pick up wellness passports in the Research and Academic Centre Lobby on Jan. 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Students can also register for Wellness Centre workshops about a variety of topics related to mental health and wellness that are offered throughout the winter term.

Monday, Jan. 26

 10 a.m. – noon | Mindful Mondays

  • Location: Student Centre, multipurpose room
  • Description: Got 10 minutes to spare? Drop by the MPR to soak up a few mindful minutes to start your week with a calm mind. New to mindfulness? No experience required! Bring an open mind.

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Coping with Anxiety – Utilizing Yoga/Meditation

  • Location: Students’ Union Boardroom, first floor Student Centre
  • Description: Stressed? Worried? Overwhelmed? Join Wellness Centre counsellors to learn and practice ways to use yoga and meditation to manage anxiety. All are welcome for this free workshop.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Golden Rules Module 1: Perseverance, Persistence, Grit, and Creating Habits

  • Location: Carnegie Building, room 100
  • Description: The Golden Rules program aims to help you move from surviving to thriving at university by helping you build resiliency. Join us for the first of five different modules in the Winter 2020 semester.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Pizza and Porn Workshop: Consent, Pleasure, and Healthy Relationships

  • Location: Research and academic centre west, room 324
  • Description: Organized by Laurier’s Sexual Violence Education Action Team, this workshop includes a free pizza dinner and discussions around the issues of mainstream porn and how porn can be consensual, hot, healthy and supportive of sex workers. All are welcome!

Wednesday, Jan. 29

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

  • Location: Research and academic centre west, 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. – 1 p.m. | Paint-Your-Own Mason jar

  • Location: Grand River Hall, Room 206
  • 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.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Golden Rules Module 1: Perseverance, Persistence, Grit, and Creating Habits

  • Location: Carnegie Building, room 100
  • Description: The Golden Rules program aims to help you move from surviving to thriving at university by helping you build resiliency. Join us for the first of five different modules in the Winter 2020 semester.

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

  • Location: Livestream in SC Johnson Building, room 127
  • 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 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.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Queering Consent: A workshop about consent and the LGBTQ+ community

  • Location: Research academic centre east, room 217
  • Description: Organized by Laurier’s Sexual Violence Education Action Tea, this workshop includes a free pizza dinner and discussions around the issues of mainstream porn and how porn can be consensual, hot, healthy, and supportive of sex workers. All are welcome!

Thursday, Jan. 30

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | “Beat the Afternoon Slump” Mindful Walk

  • Location: Meet in Student Centre lounge, second floor
  • Description: Join Wellness Centre staff for a hot drink to take with you while we learn and practice mindful movement. Walk away with a calm mind, energized body, and a free coffee card!

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Sex Trivia

  • Location: Hudson Public (93 Dalhousie St.)
  • Description: Come test your knowledge about consent and sexual wellness, and win great prizes!

Friday, Jan. 31

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Mobile Fresh Fruit Friday

  • Location: Across campus
  • Description: Watch for the Peer Wellness Educators who will be walking around campus handing out fresh fruit and sharing about the awesome Wellness Education programming we have planned for you this semester. 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Paint & Pot Your Own Plant

  • Location: Research and academic centre west, lobby
  • Description: Pop by the RCW Lobby to paint a terracotta pot for a succulent to take home and display in your space.  Plants contribute to well-being in so many ways – come find out how at this free event! 

Feedback

Have feedback regarding Thrive or other mental health programming? Are there events you would like to see? Topics that are not covered? Submit your ideas using our mental health suggestion box.