One out of every four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Many of us will feel alone and like we are unable to seek help because of the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Active Minds at Trent is dedicated to connecting students with the necessary resources and tools to encourage open dialogue about mental health and self-care. We hope that by providing students with safer spaces to have these conversations, we can reduce stigma, offer support and resources, and foster an environment of empathy, love, and respect for others, as well as for ourselves.

Our focus is on encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in regards to self-care, creativity, nutrition, fitness, sexual health, spirituality, and social life. This year, Active Minds at Trent will be providing many opportunities to engage in positive and diverse events that are free and open to all.

We want to encourage students to share their stories in a safe environment, participate in fun and inspiring activities, and get more involved in the Trent and Peterborough community.

This year, some of our events include: O-Week Events such as a free, Wellness Picnic , Mental Health Awareness Week (October 4th-10th), Overflow Art Gala & Concert, No Stress Days during both exam periods. We will have free ice cream, workshops, and tons of great activities to help de-stress!

Let’s Talk Annual Symposium, Movie nights, coffee houses, and more! We are hosting regular events throughout the school year both on and off campus. These include open mic nights, art therapy, meditation and yoga, talking circles, movie nights, pot lucks, tabling, and regular meetings.

As always, we are happy to hear about any event and collaboration ideas. We are always looking for volunteers to act as mental health advocates.

Anyone who wishes to help raise awareness about mental illnesses and reduce stigma in our communities is encouraged to contact us for more info at [email protected] For more information, please visit our website at www.trentactiveminds.org or our Facebook page Active Minds at Trent.