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A Sobering Look at University Mental Health

A Sobering Look at University Mental Health

Riley Lynch, a fourth year physics student at the University of Guelph, a lover of the universe and nature, died by suicide on January 19 (Goffin, 2017). According to the recent article in The Star, this is the fourth suicide at the University of Guelph since September 2016 – the highest number seen in any academic year (Goffin, 2017).

Although counselling, anonymous peer support/crisis lines, therapy, and psychiatrists are available at the school to address students’ issues, the demand is higher than the supply. In addition, short-term issues such as breakups are focused on, as opposed to chronic or complex mental health issues that require ongoing and intensive care (Goffin, 2017). Students are at a vulnerable point in their life, due to many being away from home, often being the age when they are cut off from adolescent mental health services (Goffin, 2017). 

Managing Stress in the Workplace: Lessons from Olympic Athletes

Managing Stress in the Workplace: Lessons from Olympic Athletes

"Citius, Altius, Fortius." It is quite evident that the Olympic motto, Latin for “faster, higher, stronger” acknowledges elite athletes for their physical strength, but what often goes unnoticed are the mental challenges i.e. stress and anxiety that accompany this strife. On the surface, Olympic athletes may seem invincible; appearing calm, cool, collected, and laser-focused in face of the biggest sporting event of their lives. However, the experience of nervousness and stress is inevitable, unimaginable, and nearly impossible to escape when it comes to competing on the world stage.

Help! My smart phone is ruining my posture!

Help! My smart phone is ruining my posture!

"the next time you reach for your phone, remember that it induces slouching, and slouching changes your mood, your memory and even your behavior. Your physical posture sculpts your psychological posture, and could be the key to a happier mood and greater self-confidence."