School: Carleton University
Year: 1st year Bachelors
Major: Honors Health Science w/ concentration in Chronic Illness and Disability
Fav thing about your campus: My favourite thing about the campus is the dozens of little groundhogs that live here! I love walking to class and seeing them run around.
Dream Job: Not too sure just yet! Something within health care and working with people.
What is your connection to mental illness?
Mental illness has been something I've struggled with for most of my life. I am personally a survivor of Major Depressive Disorder and Anorexia Nervosa. It’s been a long and hard journey filled with lots of tears and heartbreak, but it has also been one filled with hope, healing, love, and laughter. I truly believe that my experiences with mental illness have made me of a stronger person and I am more ready to tackle what life has to throw at me!
How do you deal with stress from school?
In times of stress I make sure to practice a lot of self-care and make room for the things that make me happy. For me that’s journaling, crafting, cleaning, and hanging out with friends. These types of things are just as important as school and I make sure to keep a balance of it all.
What does your campus do to help with students' mental health?
Luckily Carleton provides a lot of resources in terms of mental health support! Some of my favourites include the counseling program where you can talk to trained psychotherapists, the wellness room where you relax and distress, the therapy dog program (shout out to @CUTherapyDog!), and the mental wellness peer mentor program!
I have also taken advantage of the Paul Menton Centre (PMC) where I can access academic support and accommodations related to my psychiatric disability/illnesses.
Do you have any school year self-care tips to share with other students?
1. Make time for the things you enjoy
2. Take study breaks when needed
3. Homework rewards! Do something to reward yourself for your hard work once it’s complete. For me that’s typically watching Dr. Phil and journaling.
4. Keep your living space clean. This can be both beneficially to mood and anxiety, and productivity.
5. SLEEP – getting enough sleep is probably one of the most important self-care tools.
6. Spend time with those you love
What are you most looking forward to this semester?
One thing I am looking forward to this semester is the CU Amazing Race on November 5th!