Name: Jenna Robar
School: York University- Glendon Campus
Major: Health and Environmental Studies
Fav thing about your campus: Its beauty, location, and vibe
Dream Job: Naturopathic Doctor, or someone who helps everyday
What is your connection to mental illness?
I’m still trying to personally figure that one out, to condense it into a sentence. I’ll let ya know when I do ;)
I think it’s kind of mind-blowing to think about how many people are struggling with their mental health, but are so hesitant to talk about it, myself included. I work at my university, and we see and hear about mental illness so often that sometimes it doesn’t even sink in; it’s so common. We all have a connection (or multiple) to mental illness.
How do you deal with stress from school?
Stress from school sucks- Almost everyone is behind, a hundred due dates are coming up, you’re trying to be social, and healthy, and a good student- there are a lot of expectations! I’m lucky that I’m in the position that I am- I’m a student that gets a lot of support from friends, aggressively-helpful team of coworkers +counselling services; when something is up, there are usually a few people that notice and try to see what’s going on. I deal with school-stress by going outside, listening (performing) to Beyoncé, & by talking to people who ‘get it’.
What does your campus do to help students' mental health?
My campus is pretty cool; because it’s so small, the vibe here is really community-orientated. Everyone knows everyone, and if not, we’ve all seen each other plenty of times. For students living on campus, we have a great team of Dons (RAs) who are constantly checking in with students, and making sure everyone’s okay- they’re around for all of the highs and lows. We also have our ‘Centre d’Accessibilité, Bien-être et Counselling’ – they do a great job there. I know that I play a role in Campus-wide mental health, and I’m pretty excited about being a leading Health Educator on campus, as well as a Don of Learning Activities- with other campus-partners, we’re currently working to create the best Mental Health Week ever at our campus (coming in November!). We usually do Stressbusters twice a year, where we bring in therapy dogs, massage students, yoga/Zumba instructors, etc.
Do you have any school year self care tips to share with other students?
Listen to yourself- you know you better than anyone else. Listen to your body, mind, soul, spirit- whatever you have going on, it’s worth it to be your own best friend. You do not need to ‘go hard’ 24/7- you deserve breaks and breathers. Your grades are not #1, you are- your health and wellbeing is #1, and it always will be.