Members of the York University community are invited to join Athletics & Recreation for a week of virtual events during the Bell Let's Talk campaign. The University will host events Jan. 25 to 28 that are free and open to students, staff and faculty. Help end the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing thoughts, experiences and support through virtual events and on social media.

A Talk bubble indicated all of the events planned for the Bell Let's Talk campaign

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Healthy Meals with a Nutritionist, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Join Sport Dietitian Katie Jessop in this session to learn about low-budget, high-quality protein meals and when it really matters for your sport (and doesn't matter as much). Any and all questions about nutrition are encouraged.

Join us as we make overnight oats. You will need:

  • 1 cup oats
  • Greek yogurt or soft tofu
  • Milk or milk alternative

Jessop is a registered dietitian specializing in sport nutrition. She works with athletes from varsity to elite level in endurance, team and weight class sports.

Join this event on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 959 9534 1909
Passcode: 522445

Wellness Wednesday 
Check back online at https://yorkulions.ca/sports/2018/1/10/bell-lets-talk.aspx on Jan. 27 for Wellness Wednesday.

Hatha Yoga & Meditation Class in collaboration with Jack.org YorkU Chapter and Peace by PEACE, 6 to 7 p.m.
Join the YorkU chapter of Jack.org and Athletics & Recreation in an all-levels Vinyasa session to help support your self-care routine to prioritize student mental health. This medium intensity session will involve a flowing style class to deepen your understanding of postures, breathing, and relaxation to strengthen the body and to reduce stress. Link movement with breathing to help guide your body into a moving meditation to allow for deeper presence and confidence on and off the mat. Learn more about Peace by PEACE.
Register today at reconline.yorkulions.ca.

Thursday, Jan. 28: Bell Let's Talk Day! 

File photo of previous Bell Let's Talk activities at York University

File photo of previous Bell Let's Talk activities at York University

Share your Bubble!  
Share your virtual Bell Let's Talk bubble and tag @yorkulions. Participate for a chance to win a Bell Let's Talk toque.

Complete your Bell Let's Talk bubble at Virtual Photobooth; view the Athletics & Recreation Bell Let's Talk gallery online at Virtual Gallery.

I AM A LION Ambassador Program – All ambassador students that share their bubble and hashtag #LionsAmbassador will receive an ambassador virtual stamp and be entered to win a Bell Let's Talk toque. Not a member? Register for the Ambassador Program here.

Resources for Bell Let's Talk events can be found here:

 

COVID-19

Many of you are understandably anxious about COVID-19 and the unknowns it poses, but by staying informed and following basic prevention tips you can help to keep you, your loved ones and our community safe.

Prevention tips:
  • Wash your hands often
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces e.g. keyboards, phones etc.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact and cover your cough or sneeze, and
  • Stay home if you feel unwell

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. Please visit the University's dedicated COVID-19 website for information.

If you are a student in need of assistance, please visit here for resources.

If you believe you are dealing with someone in distress, we have resources that can assist you. Visit the Faculty and/or Staff resource pages for more information.

York University is committed to a mentally healthy campus.

York University’s Mental Health Steering committee oversees an initiative that aims to promote a healthy, inclusive and supportive environment that fosters mental health and well-being among members of the York community. The initiative was developed on the premise that wellness is a necessary pre-condition to learning and working, and that physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, mental, and cultural and environmental health and learning are interdependent. Through a variety of education, training and awareness events, York University’s Mental Health and Wellness committee strives to promote a more holistic, and integrated approach to campus health that supports academic excellence, employee satisfaction and productivity, as well as the overall success of all York community members.

To learn more about how we are delivering on our Mental Health strategy, please read the 2017-2018 Annual Report for the Mental Health Strategy.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the community's  involvement in helping to identify areas of priority to focus on, and to thank them for their active participation in making York a mentally healthy campus.