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Mental Health

Definition of mental health:

“Mental health means finding harmony in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic, and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again. Your personal balance will be unique, and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance.”

http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/your-mental-health/

How Douglas supports mental wellness:

  • Counselling Services
  • International Student Counselling
  • Events (Bell Let's Talk Day, Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Days, Chill Out days, and more)
  • Aboriginal Student Support
  • Learning Centre
  • Social connectedness through clubs and leadership groups

Physical Health

Definition of physical health:

“Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.”

http://www.salem.edu/wellness/seven-dimensions/physical

How Douglas supports physical health:

  • Access to two fitness facilities (NWC campus and Pinetree Community Centre)
  • Over 30 fitness classes offered between locations       
  • Salad bar and healthy options in the cafeterias
  • Athletics department
  • Drop-in sport activities (intramurals)
  • Intro to the Fitness Centre sessions (NW only)
  • Bonus: Douglas’ New Westminster campus is located up a very steep hill. So, if you take the Skytrain you get a free workout just getting here!

Intro to the Fitness Centre Sessions

Information coming soon! 

 

 

Sexual Health

Definition of sexual health:

Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.”

http://www.who.int/topics/sexual_health/en/

How Douglas supports sexual health:

  • Condoms offered at the Douglas Students’ Union and the Wellness Nook
  • Annual Health Fair
  • Partnership with New Westminster Purpose Society down the street, 40 Begbie Street.
    • STI/HIV & Hep C Adult Testing Clinic offered the first and third Friday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Alcohol and Drug Education

Definitions of substance use and abuse:

Substance use is any time someone consumes a substance that alters their state of being. Substance abuse occurs when a person continues to use these substances despite negative consequences in their lives. Substance dependency is when a person is dependent on that altering substance.”

http://study.com/academy/lesson/substance-use-abuse-and-dependence-definition-and-causes-of-substance-disorders.html

How Douglas promotes the reduction or elimination of substance use:

  • Counselling Services
  • Awareness events and campaigns

Financial Wellness

Definition of financial wellness:

“Effectively managing your economic life. [Which involves] keeping spending within one’s means, being financially prepared for emergencies, having access to the information and tools necessary to make good financial decisions, and having a plan for the future.”

https://www.myquestis.com/what-is-financial-wellness/

How Douglas supports financial wellness:

  • Financial Aid office
    • Bursaries and scholarships
  • Free tax return filing assistance through the Douglas College Business Association

Self-Care

Definition of self-care:

“Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being.”

https://socialwork.buffalo.edu/resources/self-care-starter-kit/introduction-to-self-care.html

How Douglas supports self-care:

  • Self-care is a combination of many of the above topics. Here are some other initiatives in self-care that Douglas supports:
    • Safe Walk program
    • Counselling Services
    • Aboriginal Student Support
    • Social events
    • Douglas Students’ Union – interfaith prayer room and feeding room
    • Time management workshops
    • Stress and anxiety workshops
    • Exam Jam events
    • Yoga classes for exercise, medication, breathing, and mindfulness

Douglas College offers a variety of activities, events, programs, and resources for your health and wellness needs.   Visit the Wellness Nook at the New Westminster campus (room S2850) for a place to rest and unwind during your busy semester.