Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all staff?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all faculty?:

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s), including information to support each affirmative response above :

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has received the Healthy Workplace Award (Gold category) from the Regional Municipality of Durham’s Health Department for its 2016 efforts to promote the health topics of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating.

The Healthy Workplace Committee is a team of faculty and staff representatives from various departments, offices and faculties across the university. In addition to driving awareness of various wellness resources, the HWC has championed a number of initiatives to engage campus employees, such as:

Carnations for Kindness
Healthy Workplace Fair
Just for the Health of It photo contest
Promoting health and safety
Promoting work, health and life balance
Random Acts of Kindness Day
Workshops and seminar on mental health awareness
Yoga in the Park
We Grow Trees and Earth Month activities with the Sustainability Committee

The HWC also shares resources and workshops for staff/faculty relating to health, nutrition, well-being (https://hr.uoit.ca/healthy-workplace/Wellness_Resources/index.php). Great news story on Mental Health workshops and events held on campus in 2018: https://news.uoit.ca/archives/2018/06/university-gets-loud-about-mental-health.php

Dental and health plan for students -> also a walk in clinic for all faculty and students
Student Mental Health Services helps students learn how to better manage the pressures of student life. You can:
• Attend a drop-in session.
• Participate in events and activities that promote positive health and well-being.
• Access tools and resources online to learn about mental health and how to maintain good health and wellness.
• Work with a mental health professional to address your concerns.
• Contact the Student Lifeline for immediate help and assistance.
• Get answers to frequently asked questions about mental health.
Student Mental Health Services offers short-term counselling and therapy services to students. Students in distress will also be provided support and counselling as needed. There is no cost and services are confidential.
For students who need long-term counselling support or specialized mental health services, Ontario Tech U will provide referrals to assist the student in accessing resources in the local community or in the student’s home community. Students with ongoing mental health concerns should contact studentlifeline@uoit.ca to discuss referral options.

- Depression Support Group
Student Mental Health Services is offering a weekly drop-in group to help manage mood through discussion and support in a safe environment.
-Mindfulness Breaks
Take a Mindfulness Break! Student volunteers are leading mindfulness sessions every day in the North Location.
- Campus Connected
Promoting a sense of belonging and openness within the community.
What is it?
Ontario Tech U values the mental health and well-being of each individual. The Campus Connected initiative aims to create an inclusive university where its members are able to care for each other to build a flourishing community.
Who is Campus Connected for?
It is for the entire university community: students, faculty, staff and stakeholders.
How can the campus community get involved with Campus Connected?
Attend a two-hour orientation session and display the Campus Connected symbol.
What does displaying a symbol of Campus Connected mean?
The individual with a Campus Connected symbol has a readiness to display an attitude of caring, non-judgment, empathy and compassion. The unique Campus Connected symbol is available on stickers you can display on your laptop or your door.
What is it not?
It is not professional counselling support for distressing and crisis situations. In these situations, please refer to uoit.ca/reach to make appropriate referrals as needed.
Why is Campus Connected important?
Lack of social connection is a common theme that contributes to challenges experienced by university students. Students in need of connection feel profound loneliness, isolation, shame and fear of being judged negatively. Similarly, lack of connection also contributes to staff and faculty’s compromised well-being.
How would I benefit from becoming involved with Campus Connected?
Supporting others benefits the helper. Voluntarily giving help to others protects our overall physiological health and emotional well-being.
• Wellness and Inclusivity
• All Gender Washrooms
• Discrimination and Harassment
• Prayer rooms
• Sexual Violence Prevention

-NCHA (National College Health Assessment)

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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