In the Fall of 2017, Human Resources launched the Success Through Wellness Grant program. These grants of up to $10,000 were created to fund projects that engage the campus community to foster positive mental health and wellbeing, and create a supportive campus environment through new initiatives or enhancements to existing supports with a proven track record. Successful proposals were required to clearly align with one or more of the six goals articulated in Success Through Wellness. Five projects, beginning in 2018, were funded out of this initiative:
- Music and Wellness Speaker Series
Seeking to address unique wellness challenges related to their studies not often addressed in university curriculum, the Faculty of Music Students Association created a speaker series to provide music students with innovative strategies for maintaining their physical and mental wellness both during their studies and throughout their careers.
- Brain Food Dinners
Monthly dinner during which staff, faculty and students are invited to enjoy each other’s company while preparing and eating a healthy, balanced and delicious meal.
- STEAM Therapy
This program seeks to use science to promote wellness and build community through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Drop-in sessions provide students, staff and faculty the opportunity to participate in such activities as paper making and marbling, card making, hyperbolic crochet, the science of chocolate, etc.
- Restorative Spaces at U of M
Working collaboratively with other departments, student groups and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the Office of Sustainability seeks to locate, enhance and communicate restorative spaces on the Fort Garry campus. Using available natural elements such as boulders and tree stumps, along with simple markings and artistic elements, staff, students and faculty will be encourages to take a break in restorative spaces on campus.
- Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Student Mentorship Program
With a rising number of students registering for SAS supports, advisors/specialists’ schedules have become increasingly busy, and wait times for appointments has increased. Knowledgeable and experienced peer mentors are able to more quickly provide information and referrals for general questions, as well as booking meetings with advisors/specialists when needed.
For more information, check out Helping Wellness Succeed