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Mental Heath Week Event listing

Monday, May 3, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Shalyn Isaacs - Mental Health Week speaker

Current Student in the Counselling Psychology, Master of Education program

Topic: Self-Care for Individual & Collective Liberation 

Session description: Engaging in practices to reconnect with our bodies, communities and the Earth is foundational to social change. 

In the words of Audre Lorde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

In this workshop, I will guide participants through different self-care practices that can be used for individual and collective liberation from oppressive social narratives & systems. 

Some of these practices will draw on: 

  • Creative visualization techniques for exercising our right to imagine and dream new possibilities. 
  • Writing for liberation strategies. 
  • Body-based / somatic practices. 
  • Earth-based practices. 

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

David Collict - Mental Health Week speaker

Current Student in the Counselling & Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy program

Topic: LGBTQ2+ Clients: How do we bring resilience into research and therapeutic practise? 

Session description: A great deal of research has explored the mental health disparities experienced by sexual and gender minority populations. For example, we know that queer folks are more likely to experience outcomes such as depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Despite our knowledge in this area, we also know that not all queer folks experience negative mental health outcomes in their lifetime, or across their entire lifetime. So these questions remain: How can this be the case, and what factors help facilitate resiliency within sexual and gender minorities? 

This presentation explores existing research in the area of queer mental health and resiliency, and goes through the presenter’s Master’s research and his other research work in this area. The presentation will also discuss implications for therapeutic practise and how it may be possible to incorporate resiliency into a strengths-based model of therapeutic practise with LGBTQ2+ clients. Followed by time for questions and discussion.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Chloe Hamza - Mental Health Week speaker

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development

Topic: Let’s talk about it! Everything you should know (but probably don’t) about nonsuicidal self-injury!    

Session Description: Come and learn about one of the most common – yet often misunderstood – mental health concerns among students. Build your own mental health knowledge, help reduce stigma, and learn some practical strategies for supporting students or peers who self-injure. This presentation also will demonstrate how research evidence informs best practice, and underscore why studying student mental health is so important! As the expression goes, it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing (in this case: the swing being empirical evidence)! Open to students, staff, and faculty at U of T!

This event was not recorded due to confidential data being presented.

Thursday, May 6, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Sophia Ha - Mental Health Week speaker

Face Yoga Instructor

Topic: Fundamentals of Face Yoga: Introducing the Natural Facelift!

Session Description: Diminish wrinkles, decrease a double, redefine your jawline, lift your cheeks, plump your lips, and get glowing skin naturally with Face Yoga.

As we age our skin begins to sag, our face drops; and the very sculpture and shape changes over time.  This is a combination of the natural effect of gravity over time, loss of collagen, and not using specific facial muscles frequently or effectively enough. 

Similarly to the muscles in our body, our facial muscles also carry tension. We feel it when we have headaches or jaw tension, and we see it in the lines that form between the eyebrows ( from constantly furrowing the brows ), forehead wrinkles ( from lifting the brows), smiles lines, and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.

In this workshop you will learn the fundamental poses of Face Yoga, the science behind it, and how it can take years off your face, revitalizing your confidence from the inside out!

Are you ready to lift, tone, and sculpt your face from the inside out?!

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Friday, May 7, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Anjali Helferty - Mental Health Week speaker

The Great Canadian Baking Show, Season 4 contestant and OISE Alumni, 2021

Topic: Bake-Along with Anjali Helferty (The Great Canadian Baking contestant)!

Join us for this fun Friday afternoon activity baking scones with Anjali. You can bake along (a list of ingredients will be shared with you ahead of time) or simply join and watch as Anjali demonstrates her baking expertise with some delicious scones and shares some inside secrets from her time on the most recent season of the Great Canadian Baking Show!

Anjali is also an OISE alumni and is open to any questions you may have about her time at OISE!

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