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Thrive Week

Thrive 2022

Thrive Week returns Fall 2022 - stay tuned for details to be announced in September!

This Winter, Thrive took place place March 7 - 11. The past two years have been filled with a large amount of uncertainty and navigating this has likely been challenging in different ways for each of us.  Because of this uncertainty, we may have had to pivot our wellness and self or community care strategies in different ways to navigate unexpected changes and unpredictable situations. This pivot may have looked like learning about a new resource available to you on campus, learning about your own individual strengths and values, prioritizing self-care, leaning into your community for support or something completely different! Each of us have factors and extenuating circumstances out of our control and how we get to a place of thriving will always be unique to each of us, unique to our circumstances, and a work in progress.  

This week we’d like to invite you to explore what “learning to thrive” looks like for you in your current circumstances! We invite you to take part in a week of free Thrive events, to become curious about and better understand what you need to care for yourself during this time. Remember, this is a process that will ebb and flow, and we encourage you to be kind to yourself during this time. 

All events are free and registration is only required on events noted in the schedule. Note that all students are welcome to attend these events. 

Don't forget to check out our social media campaigns too for chances to win some great prizes! 

Asynchronous Activities

Academic Success x Mental Health Give Away 

Keep the conversation going by engaging in a social media giveaway hosted on the @laurierstudentsuccess Instagram account! Studies have proven that the connection between academic success and mental health is a two-way street, so it’s important that we know how to look after our mental health so that we can continue working toward, and achieving, our academic goals. By engaging in our giveaway, not only will you have a chance to pick up a new strategy or two (or 10!) to help you take care of your mental health, but you’ll also have the chance to win a Laurier swag prize pack donated by the Accessible Learning Centre (ALC).  

To enter, students must:  

(1) follow @laurierstudentsuccess on Instagram 

(2) like the Thrive Week grid post  

(3) tag a friend and include one positive thing they are doing for their mental health in the comments.  

Giveaway will be posted on March 4 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on March 11. Winner will be contacted by @laurierstudentsuccess via DM by March 18 to claim their prize. Multiple entries allowed. Giveaway is not associated with Instagram. 

Thrive BINGO

As an incentive to make time for your wellness, students have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win one of two prizes of a slow cooker and slow cooker recipe book. To gain an entry to the giveaway you must: Complete five tasks on the Thrive Bingo card over Thrive week (March 7-11th), fill in the form below indicating which 5 tasks you did and reflect on how they impacted your wellness over the week. Students must visit @laurierwellness on Instagram for full contest rules. Students must follow contest rules to be entered into the draw. You must complete this form before 4:30pm EST on Friday, March 11th. 

Fosters on Deck  

Love animals? Check out this pre-recorded interview with the Brant County SPCA to learn about the Laurier/Brantford SPCA partnership with the animal foster program and meet some of the animals in the program! 


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 every Fall and Winter term on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. 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 Mary Soppitt on the Waterloo campus, and contact Sarah Syrett on the Brantford campus.


We are trying new things every term and we want to hear what you liked or what we can do better next time. Use our Event Feedback Form to let us know your thoughts on a specific event you attended or Thrive week as a whole. Students that complete the Event Feedback Form will be entered into a draw with an opportunity to win an Apple Watch Series 3 or 1 of 3 themed gift pack prizes (gift pack 1: Bathtub Bakery self-care, gift pack, gift pack 2: local coffee & tea gift pack or gift pack 3: air fryer). Contest rules can be found by visiting @laurierwellenss on Instagram. Make sure you fill out the form and send it off to a friend too! 

Have feedback regarding other mental health programming throughout the year? Whether it is a new event or workshop you would like to see, or certain topics you would like to be covered, please let us know. Submit your ideas using our mental health suggestion box.