Brock puts more emphasis on mental health with first ever Thrive Week

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Brock University is putting more effort towards mental health with its first ever Thrive Week, which when begin on January 29. The week is dedicated to raising awareness for mental health and providing positive mental health workshops and activities for the Brock community. Over the course of five days, Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, in partner with Student Life and Community Experience and the Students’ Union will be hosting over 20 various events to promote positive mental health – highlighted by the Speak Out night, which will be on Jan. 31 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Mental health continues to be at the forefront for Brock and many universities across North America.

This past week, Tyler Hilinski, who was slated to become the starting quarterback next season for the Washington State Cougars football team, took his own life and was found dead at his apartment by Pullman police. Just two days later, reports surfaced that Matthew Snyder, son of Sean Snyder (associate head coach for the Kansas State football team), had passed away with what is being investigated as a suicide.

With #BellLetsTalk, only days away, these two stories have been widespread throughout various social media platforms this week. These two unfortunate situations remind us that someone around us could be struggling with mental health. Whether it is anxiety, depression, or just not feeling right, awareness and education on mental health is still important for society

As we approach the annual #BellLetsTalk day on Jan. 31, we need to remind ourselves that it is important to talk about mental health every day, not just every once in a while. The conversation may start with BellLetsTalk, but it doesn’t end there, we all have a responsibility to keep the conversation going on mental health. We have a responsibility to our friends, our family, peers, co-workers, and others to make the effort to make sure that the people around us are getting the help they need. It’s up to us to make sure that if the people around us aren’t okay, they know there’s someone out there for them to talk to, and that we give them the support they need every single day.

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