The Students' Society of McGill University would like to invite you to McGill's second annual cross-campus Mental Health Awareness Week from October 15th-23rd!

Mental Health Awareness Week is a 9-day event series on mental health education, research, awareness and advocacy across both downtown and Mac campuses. The campaign aims to build resilience and reduce stigma, as well as create a space for dialogue surrounding mental health and provide tools to take care of yourself and support others. We will be providing both student- and McGill Service- led mental health programming. There will be activities such as therapy dogs, art shows, presentations, student-led workshops, among other initiatives!

We aim to create spaces where individuals are allowed to define their own experiences, access support in their own ways, and feel empowered to discuss and mobilize on different mental health issues.

* Events that occur regularly throughout the semesters. If you cannot attend it this time, you can find information about the next session on the website of the organization that hosts it.

October 15

LEAVE YOUR MARK with paint!

Y-Intersection, 12:30-15:30 | Art for Healing Studios

Art for Healing Studios is hosting a collaborative painting event at the y-intersection (weather-permitting; check event page for updates on location!). Come leave your mark on a canvas and work off that midterm season stress! All supplies are provided and you DO NOT need to be artistic. We're looking forward to having everyone contribute to the painting, so don't hesitate to drop by.

How Do I Learn Best? *

Room 4300 Brown Building, 14:00-15:30 | McGill Office for Students with Disabilities

Have you found yourself studying and not obtaining the results you would want to? Have you considered that you might be studying in a way that is not the most effective for you? If so, attending this workshop can enable you to identify how you learn best. You will learn different strategies according to your learning style and you will be able to master them in order to obtain the academic results you want. To register, please complete the online registration form.

October 16

Emotional First Aid Kit

Madelaine Parent SSMU building, 12:30-13:30 | McGill Mental Health Service

Come to learn how to understand and manage your emotions as well as prevent them from getting in the way of what you want to achieve. During this workshop you will learn about the functions of emotions and look at different strategies to cope with them. The workshop will be given by Dr. Carine Hamel from Mental Health Service.

How To Support Someone With a Mental Illness

Madelaine Parent SSMU building, 16:00-17:00 | McGill Mental Health Service

How can you be helpful if someone close to you suffers from depression or anxiety? How can I help my friends without burning out? Is there something in my behaviour that is harmful for my friend or contributes to them staying in that state? Come to find the answers to those questions and more! The workshop will be given by Dr. Carine Hamel from Mental Health Service.

Mental Space

ECOLE, 20:00-22:00 | Arts Undergraduate Society

Join the Arts Community Engagement committee and Mental Health Awareness Week as we present Mental Space- a coffee house designed to give you the space to say what’s on your mind. Whether through art, music, or poetry, you can make your feelings heard here- in an entirely non-judgmental atmosphere. If you don't want to perform- that's cool too. Stop by for some coffee and listen in.

October 18

Zumba Class

Aerobics Room McGill Sports Complex, 12:00-12:55 | McGill Athletics and Recreation

McGill Athletics and Recreation is opening up a free Zumba class for Mental Health Awareness Week! Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance that creates a dynamic, exciting, effective workout. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that get the heart pumping. Please note the maximum number of participants is 60. Therefore attendance will be limited to first come, first served.

October 19

Therapy Dogs

Brown Building, 12:00-14:00 | Blue Ribbon Therapy Dogs, McGill Counselling Service

Missing your dogs from back home? Feeling stressed? Come to the Brown Building and let the therapy dogs cheer you up!

Mindful Meditation Workshop *

Room 4200 Brown Building, 12:00-12:30 | McGill Counselling Service

Interested in learning how to practice mindfulness meditation? Have experience with mindfulness and want a place to practice? Registration is not required.

Skills for Coping with Perfectionism *

Room 4200 Brown Building, 15:00-16:30 | McGill Counselling Service

Do you constantly criticize yourself? Do you feel your efforts are never good enough? Do you set unrealistic standards? Join this group to discuss the role perfectionism plays in your life and develop tools for overcoming it. Registration is required. Note that there is a second session for this workshop series on Oct 26 at the same time and location.

#BridgeTheGap: Anxiety Disorders

Room 108 SSMU Building, 18:00-20:00 | McGill Students' Chapter of

This talk will discuss anxiety disorders! It will feature a professional speaker, who will share their research on anxiety disorders, as well as a student speaker, who will share her personal experience with a disorder of this sort. Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP – refreshments will be served.

October 20

Rediscovering Your Motivation

Madelaine Parent SSMU building, 10:00-11:00 | McGill Mental Health Service

The Associate Clinical Director of Mental Health Service, Dr. G.Alfonsi, will explore the sources of motivation, what our basic needs are and how to reconnect with intrinsic motivation to produce a fuller and more satisfying life. The talk will focus on self-determination theory and will include a 45 min lecture with a brief Q&A afterwards.

Cupcakes, Crafts, and Conversation

Lev Bukhman in SSMU building, 13:00-16:30 | Peer Support Centre

Stop-by anytime throughout this event to grab a free cupcake and make a thank you card for someone who supports you. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Peer Support Centre by chatting with some PSC volunteers. Bring your sweet tooth, your creative genius and your questions!

Body Image and Eating Disorders

Madelaine Parent SSMU building, 15:00-16:00 | McGill Eating Disorder Program

Informational presentation and discussion led by the McGill Eating Disorder Program outreach volunteers, with the purpose of raising awareness and promoting education on the topic of body image and eating disorders. Free hot chocolate and tea for those who attend!

October 21

Mental Health First Aid Training *

Redpath Library basement MS-75, 9:00-16:30 for both Oct 20 and Oct 21 ( training is held over two days) | McGill Psychology Students' Association, McGill Mental Health Service

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. This is a great opportunity to receive some training in the area of mental health & equip you to give back to the McGill community! The cost is $38/person. Sign up at here and pay by debit, credit, or FOAPAL at the Mental Health reception desk.

Active Listening & Empathy Workshop

Room 108 SSMU Building, 15:00-16:30 | McGill Students’ Nightline

Want to learn how to be the most supportive friend you can be? Hone and practice new listening skills and gain a greater understanding of empathy, as taught by McGill Students' Nightline!

Neurodegenerative Disease Symposium

Madelaine Parent SSMU Building, 19:30-21:30 | McGill Huntington's Awareness Students' Association, Neuroscience Undergraduates of McGill

MHASA and NUM are excited to present our Neurodegenerative Disease Symposium on Wednesday October 21 from 7:30-9:30PM in Madeleine Parent (second floor of SSMU). All students interested in learning more about neurodegenerative diseases are invited to join us for an engaging evening of short presentations from neurological researchers at McGill. Light refreshments will be provided. Check out our Facebook page for more details, hope to see many of you there!

October 22

Mental Health Literacy Workshop

Room 108 SSMU Building, 10:00-12:00 | McGill Counselling Service, McGill Mental Health Service, Healthy McGill

Please join McGill Counselling, McGill Mental Health, and Healthy McGill in a conversation about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This workshop will focus on the interconnections and differences between mental health and mental illness, the effects of language on stigma and accessing care/support, and practical ways to practice self-care.

Therapy Dogs

Brown Building, 12:00-14:00 | Blue Ribbon Therapy Dogs, McGill Counselling Service

Missing your dogs from back home? Feeling stressed? Come to the Brown Building and let the therapy dogs cheer you up!

Empathy Workshop

Madelaine Parent SSMU building, 14:30-16:30 | McGill Counselling Service

This experiential workshop by McGill Counselling Service explores the "how to" of empathy and the empathy cycle. The opening presentation will focus on empathy definitions, components, and research. Participants will then explore the helpful role empathy can play in our everyday lives.

October 23

Q&A with Mental Health Service

Room 108 SSMU Building, 12:30-13:30 | Healthy McGill, McGill Mental Health Service

Do you have questions about mental health, mental illness or the services available at McGill? As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we invite you to join us for a Q&A session with Clinical Director of Mental Health Service, Dr. Nancy Low. We will be in SSMU Rm 108 on Friday October 23rd from 12:30-1:30. Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to your questions! Not able to make it in person? You can always submit your question, comments or concerns directly to the service here.

McGill Piece of Mind Art Exhibition

Room 302 SSMU Building, 17:00-20:00 | McGill Students' Chapter of

Piece of Mind is an art exhibition showcasing pieces of work that answer the question: "What does psychological health mean to you?" This year, the theme is Resilience. This exhibition is a great way to show off your talent and get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week at McGill - this is the closing event of MHAW! Stop by to enjoy some art and refreshments! :)