Covid Debrief Event
Our COVID-19 Debrief Event took place this past December 2nd, 2022. Both club members and other UofT students took part in an open discussion around the impacts of COVID-19 on our mental health and well-being. We first discussed three main topics: our initial reactions and emotions relating to the pandemic, some of the biggest challenges we faced during the pandemic, and how our mental health has changed easing back into ‘normal’ life post-pandemic. To conclude, we listened to the widely-recognized and well-known psychologist Pauline Boss talk on the concept of ambiguous loss that pertains to loss incurred as a result of the pandemic and discussed what stood out to us.
In all, we had a great time in a welcoming environment with hot chocolate, tea, and freshly baked cookies served, and great people to lead a uniting and uplifting discussion on such a mentally taxing and difficult time. Stay tuned for a blog post with further details on the main takeaways from this event!
UTSC Homecoming Tabling
Our first-ever in-person appearance at the Scarborough campus made a statement! At the inaugural UTSC Homecoming, our team designed and manned an interactive booth, attracting passerbys from all walks of life to learn more about UofTMHA. In particular, participants enjoyed our claw machine-esque of meaningful and affirming notes, with many and opting to contribute a note of their own.
Sunday, November 27th
Let’s Get Toasty - Gingerbread Event Collab with St. Mike’s Union
This amazing social event provided an opportunity for students to get social, creative and destress during the holiday season! Attendees were able to meet new friends or have some quality time with old friends while putting together gingerbread houses or gingerbread man cookies. We offered hot chocolate with marshmallows along with some festive, holiday-themed music to really bring in that holiday cheer! This was also an amazing fundraising opportunity, with proceeds being donated to the FemiCare: Women’s Shelters Fundraiser organized by our EDI Team of 2021-2022. This fundraiser’s goal is to create care packages to send to two women’s shelters in Toronto: Ernestine’s and Anduhyaun Inc.
Tuesday, November 29th 2022
Mental Health Workshop Collab with The Mindful Project
At this workshop, we invited two amazing panelists who were experts in their respective fields to discuss topics involving mental health, with a fruitful Q&A session in the end! Our first speaker was Dr. William Ju, our acting Vice-Dean, who undertakes a pedagogical teaching philosophy to discuss the importance of student mental health, well-being and the feeling of belonging. Our second speaker was Dr. Jenny Bright, a registered psychotherapist who discussed the importance of mental health from the perspective of spirituality and Buddhism.
Monday, November 14th 2022
“Feel Good”-ie Bags Initiative
Our Fundraising team put together this initiative providing a sweet snack break or an opportunity to give a gift to friends during our stressful midterm season! These “Feel Good”-ie Bags also allowed us to contribute funds to an amazing cause, our FemiCare: Women’s Shelters Fundraiser organized by our EDI Team of 2021-2022. We sold goodie bags at both the St. George and Scarborough campuses containing chocolates, candies, and motivational/reassuring stickers to provide some well-deserved stress relief to our amazing students and their friends and loved ones!
Wednesday, October 19th 2022
Talk it Out: Strangers Read Feelings Event
This was our first in-person event at the St. George campus to kick off the 2022-2023 academic year! It was a friendly space with snacks and an opportunity to really connect deeply with new friends. Here, we had our attendees anonymously write down their true feelings regarding any topic, whether it was school related, family or relationship related, identity related, and more. Then, everyone read aloud one another’s confessions anonymously. The group was able to discuss these confessions, sharing times when they might’ve had similar feelings, with the point being that everyone knew they were not alone in their struggles.