Mental Wellbeing Awareness Week comes to a close

Juannittah Kamera, health promotion programs coordinator, poses with a mural started by students during Mental Well-being Awareness Week. The mural is a space for students to visually express their thoughts on mental health. (Matt Oxman)

Juannittah Kamera, health promotion programs coordinator, poses with a mural started by students during Mental Wellbeing Awareness Week. The mural is a space for students to visually express their thoughts on mental health. (Matt Oxman/ The Ryersonian)

Ryerson’s Mental Wellbeing Awareness Week came to a close but it’s leaving a video impression well into next week.

Ryerson’s health promotion team kicked off a list of art-inspired initiatives to raise awareness of mental health. This included 12 videos of Ryerson students giving advice on issues like coping with stress.

The event happens twice a year coinciding with midterms. This year, the week’s events started on Feb. 24 and ended Feb. 28.

The health promotion team curated a series of vlogs before reading week. Each vlog explores how students maintain mental well-being during exams and mid-terms. See the videos here.

Phillip Mariano and Karmela Manapat, two fourth-year psychology students, illustrate their thoughts on mental health awareness through words on a white board in one vlog.

“To me, mental health is a balance between managing one’s emotions and behaviours,” Manapat writes in the video. “Mental health affects the way we think.”

The vlog series will continue into next week as the last few videos go live.

Juannittah Kamera, health promotion programs co-ordinator, says that students can experience times of intense pressure during the end of term. She believes these videos are one way students can reach out to each other with advice.

Kamera hopes to continue with the vlog series by focusing on aboriginal students on campus and students living in residence.

In addition, the team hosted an arts and craft session Thursday for students to drop-in and take a break from school through painting and drawing. Contributions are also being made for a mural that will be displayed at the end of the term.

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