Now Open – New Student Wellness Centre
162 Extended Education, Fort Garry Campus
We know that supporting student health and wellbeing contributes significantly to academic success. As we return to campus for the start of a new academic year, UM has something new to offer!
Bell Let’s Talk has provided funding for the new Student Wellness Centre (SWC) on the Fort Garry campus. This new resource hub for students will offer a range of harm reduction and mental health and wellness services, including professional consultation and peer support.
The SWC is an inclusive space for students to learn skills to actively engage in and maintain their wellbeing throughout their time in university. This space will work to increase awareness of UM’s existing wellness services as well as enhance current Health and Wellness and Healthy U supports. Moving ahead with the student-led request for an inclusive space to connect, learn, grow and enhance mental health and wellbeing, the SWC offers a best practice peer health education model and a stepped care and holistic health approach.
Aligning with both the Post-Secondary Standard for Student Mental Health and the UM’s commitment to improving its mental health services, the SWC is dedicated to fostering community-building, engagement in varied wellness practices (including harm reduction, peer education and support, referrals and service navigation) and a wellness resource library.
Planned, resourced and run by a diverse working group of students and UM staff, the SWC reflects, celebrates, and honours the diversity of our UM community. The foundational values of the SWC are respect, inclusion, community and holistic wellness.
What to Expect:
The Student Wellness Centre will operate on a drop-in basis and will provide an opportunity for students with an interest in health and wellness to connect with each other. Health and wellness professionals and trained peer educators will be available for consultation and support and the space will be used for health promotion events, safer sex supply distribution and other activities. Students are invited to visit the lounge area to recharge and learn.
Come As You Are:
We know students often juggle multiple demands, and that can be overwhelming. Come as you are. Be you. Learn, grow, recharge… this space is here to support your current wellness needs. While the SWC will not replace existing UM services, we will work with students to support and navigate the wellness realm.
Location: 162 Extended Education Complex Fort Garry Campus (with the expectation to open up pop up locations at our Bannatyne and William Norrie campuses)
Questions: email healthandwellness [at] umanitoba [dot] ca
We look forward to meeting you in our new space and to helping you prioritize your mental health and wellness during your academic journey at UM!